Now in his 13th year as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Valdosta State, Michael Doscher has been instrumental in VSU's athletic success during his tenure with the school. After all, Doscher's leadership in the weight room has aided the school in winning three of its four NCAA Division II National Championships, including two in football.
Doscher began his career with Valdosta State in September 1996 when he was hired to lead the Athletic Department's efforts in Speed/Strength Conditioning, as well as to serve as an instructor in the school's Kinesiology and Physical Education departments. His efforts quickly paid dividends as he helped the Blazers win their first Gulf South Conference football championship and advance to their second NCAA Division II postseason during his initial season. His conditioning and strength programs were widely credited during VSU's 2004 and 2007 football national championship seasons as the program won its first two titles in the 27-year history of the team. Overall, Doscher assisted the Blazer football team to nine NCAA Division II playoff appearances.
Doscher's effect on the VSU athletic program has not been limited to football as he also helped the Men's Tennis Team to three straight NCAA championship matches, including the 2006 National Title victory. He has aided the remaining nine Blazer programs to numerous Gulf South Conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances.
Doscher has received numerous honors for his work in the field of Speed/Strength and Conditioning. In 2007 he was named the Samson Division II Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by American Football Monthly while also earning the NSCA "Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year" award in 2005, an honor he was also nominated for in 2003 and 2004. In 2005, he was also a nominee for the NSCA Board of Directors.
Doscher has had many articles published during his career. He has also been selected to give numerous presentations--both nationally and internationally, including various NSCA conferences, including two seminars in China in 2008 and 2009.
Doscher's strength and conditioning career began as a student at Springfield College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Fitness in May 1992. He interned with the Boston College Strength and Conditioning staff while at Springfield before serving as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at UNLV from July 1992 through July 1993. He moved on to Mississippi State where he received a Master of Sciences degree in Sports Administration in December 1995. While at MSU, he also served as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach and helped the football program to the 1994 Peach Bowl.
Doscher and his wife Teresa have two children: Dustin (8) and Cassie (6).