Lincoln ? University of Nebraska Associate Athletic Director for Athletic Performance and Facility Development Boyd Epley and Director of Performance Mike Arthur have been inducted into the USA Strength and Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame.
Epley and Arthur were among the first class inducted into the USA Strength and Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame, which recognized the two men for their significant contributions to the field of strength and conditioning on the national level. Both Epley and Arthur were inducted into the collegiate category for this esteemed award. Individuals were also inducted in the professional and contributor categories.
A legend at Nebraska and a pioneer in his field, Epley has devoted his career to the University of Nebraska and to his profession. Epley started the Husker strength and conditioning program for the Husker football team as a graduate assistant in 1970 and in 1978 founded the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Epley assembled an Athletic Performance Team and weight room facilities, which were quickly recognized as the nation?s elite and has implemented strength and conditioning programs for each of Nebraska?s 23 varsity sports.
As an assistant athletic director, Epley has served on the athletic director?s administrative staff for nine years and has 34 years of experience at Nebraska. In 1970, Epley became the first person in Big Eight Conference history to carry the title of strength coach. Epley was the first-ever National Strength Coach of the Year in 1980, and in 1993 was presented the NSCA?s first Lifetime Achievement Award. Forty-five of Epley's former assistant strength coaches now head up athletic strength programs across the country, evidence of Epley's mark not only at Nebraska, but across the country. While competing in football and track and field, Epley earned his associate?s degree from Phoenix Junior College in 1968. He came to Nebraska to compete as a pole vaulter and earned his bachelor?s degree in 1970 and his master?s degree in education from UNL two years later.
Arthur, a 25-year veteran of the athletic department and longtime senior member of Epley?s staff, coordinates the workout programs for Nebraska student-athletes in all sports except football. He was named the 1995 National Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches. In 2001, Arthur, along with Epley, was among the first 10 strength coaches nationally to earn the distinction of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. Arthur received his bachelor?s degree from UNL in 1978.
Epley and Arthur were officially recognized for their achievement during an induction ceremony held on June 1, 2003. Their names are included on a plaque that is currently on display at the York Barbell Museum in York, Pa., in honor of the 37 individuals who received this prestigious accolade.