As a strength and conditioning coach, Micah Kurtz has had a big impact on the athletes at A.C. Flora High.
Kurtz was honored for that hard work this week as he was named the National Strength and Condition Association’s High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. He will receive his award at the NSCA’s annual convention in New Orleans on July 8.
“It is extremely exciting and rewarding,” Kurtz said. “A lot of time you fly under the radar. So, anytime you can get recognized for the work you put in for your athletes is a blessing. But I want to thank the administration and coaches at A.C. Flora and the athletes for their hard work. Without these great kids busting their butts for you each day, this wouldn’t be possible.”
It’s not the first time Kurtz has been honored for his work at A.C. Flora. He was named South Carolina’s Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2014.
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Kurtz, a former graduate assistant at South Carolina, was hired as A.C. Flora’s first strength and conditioning coach eight years ago. He thought he’d be at Flora for one or two years before moving on to the college ranks, but has fallen in love with the area and Flora community.
The Falcons’ athletics team have benefited from Kurtz’s arrival. The school has won state titles in baseball, boys basketball, boys golf, boys tennis and boys soccer in recent years, with baseball, basketball and golf winning multiple championships.
As a school, A.C, Flora was awarded the Strength of America Award for its strength and conditioning program.
The Buffalo, N.Y., native, who also is an assistant football coach, deals with most of the more than 600 athletes at Flora in his weightlifting class each day. The ones he doesn’t have in class he meets before or after school, depending on the season.
Kurtz also is the nutritionist for the school’s 38 sports teams.
In addition to his work with A.C. Flora, Kurtz also is the strength and conditioning consultant for the basketball team at Oak Hill Academy, which won the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School National tournament this year. Kurtz is spending the next two weeks at Oak Hill helping out with the school’s basketball camps.