Lance Vermeil Scholarship Award 2013 Recipient:

Nomination of Taylor Jones

Al Vermeil, the father of Lance and a 2007 Legend in the Field of Strength and Conditioning, presented the 2013 Lance Vermeil Scholarship Award to Taylor Jones, from Coastal Carolina University, at the Master Strength and Conditioning Coaches Dinner and Ceremony on Thursday, May 9th, at the 2013 CSCCa Annual National Conference in Orlando, Florida. He was nominated by Coach Josh Stoner, Director of Speed, Strength, & Conditioning, Coastal Carolina University.

Taylor came to Coastal Carolina University after serving as a volunteer intern for the University of Maryland Football program for Winter/Spring 2012. Prior to that, he was a volunteer intern at the University of Missouri for the Winter/ Spring 2011. He has worked in private sector training, as well as participating as a volunteer in athletic performance youth clinics. Taylor created the 1st Annual Stephen F. Zuraw Youth Athletic Development and Football Clinic on July 16th and 17th of 2011. The Clinic was in memory of his best friend who passed away in 2009. He graduated from Springfield College majoring in Exercise Science with a concentration in Strength & Conditioning. He was an active member of the Exercise Science and Powerlifting clubs, as well. At Springfield, he played football while committing volunteer hours in his hometown of Ansonia, CT at the middle and high school levels as a defensive coach and strength coach.

At Coastal, Taylor works with Baseball, Volleyball, Men's Tennis, and Women's Lacrosse. He brings an energetic and educated approach to their training. These athletes give great effort as a result. He understands the unique positioning of the Strength & Conditioning professional to be able to integrate training, nutrition, recovery, and the mental aspects of performance.

Taylor's passion and commitment to the profession is undeniable. He works hard every day, makes no excuses, and provides a role model for the athletes. He is a great teammate as he sets a high standard for himself and expects and helps others to attain this as well. He works hard to accomplish the mission to provide the best possible for the University's athletes as he makes decisions with their best interest in mind at all times. Taylor will be an excellent professional for years and years to come.