Michael Massik to be new NSCA Executive Director
Colorado Springs, CO — A seasoned professional with a history of leading nonprofit, membership-based associations, Michael Massik joins the NSCA as Executive Director effective in January 2016. “Michael brings a wealth of experience from his work with nonprofits, but also has experience working with the sport of weightlifting which is closely aligned with the strength and conditioning profession,” explains Dr. Greg Haff, NSCA Board President. “His documented ability to increase membership in his previous roles coupled with his ability to enhance the overall member experience makes Michael a very unique individual. His skill sets align well with the NSCA’s future goals and having him join the NSCA family allows us to continue to focus on improving the member experience whilst maintain our organization’s core values.” As Executive Director, Massik will be responsible for all of the day-to-day activities of the staff at headquarters and will report to the NSCA Board of Directors.
Charged with serving the needs of nearly 30,000 members, he will focus on increasing the Association’s value to its members and leveraging his extensive background to enhance the membership experience. “I am excited to join the NSCA team and use my science training and sport leadership experience to best serve our members and help shepherd the organization in achieving its mission of being the worldwide authority on strength and conditioning,” says Massik.
About Michael Massik
Michael joins the NSCA after spending the previous three years as CEO of USA Weightlifting (USAW). During his tenure at USAW, the organization saw tremendous growth in membership with an increase of more than 12,000 members. He also played a central role in hosting the 2015 IWF World Weightlifting Championships which took place this past November in Houston, TX, the first time since 1978 that the US hosted the event. Before his time at USAW, Michael ran his own sports consulting company, Massik-Burton LLC, for four years and prior to that served as Executive Director of USA Fencing for 12 years, from 1996- 2008. Under his leadership, Fencing went from no medals in Atlanta (1996 Olympic Games) to six medals in Beijing (2008), and a fencer won a gold medal in the sport for the first time in 100 years. During the same period, Fencing’s membership grew from approximately 8,000 to 25,000. As a strategic planner and thinker, Michael is dedicated to and focused on increasing value to members in the development and implementation of association projects and services. Michael earned both his Master’s in Toxicology and Bachelor’s in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Kentucky and started his career working ten years as a Research Project Manager and Director.
About the National Strength & Conditioning Association
The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is an international nonprofit educational association founded in 1978. Evolving from a membership of 76, the association now serves nearly 30,000 members in 52 countries. Drawing upon its vast network of members, the NSCA develops and presents the most advanced information regarding strength training and conditioning practices, injury prevention, and research findings.
Unlike any other organization, the NSCA brings together a diverse group of professionals from the sport science, athletic, allied health, and fitness industries. These individuals are all in pursuit of achieving a common goal—the utilization of proper strength training and conditioning to improve athletic performance and fitness.
Central to its mission, the NSCA provides a bridge between the scientist in the laboratory and the practitioner in the field. By working to find practical applications for new research findings in the strength and conditioning field, the association fosters the development of strength training and conditioning as a discipline and as a profession.
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the NSCA serves as a valuable resource for its members, the fitness industry, general public, and the media. The association provides a wide variety of resources and opportunities designed to strengthen, build, advance, and unify.