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NSCRO Appoints Aaron Warner as its First Director of Strength & Conditioning

By NSCRO, 03/20/18, 10:00AM EDT

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We are pleased to announce the appointment of Aaron Warner as its first Director of Strength and Conditioning.  In this role, Warner will be providing guidance, education and direction for small college coaches, trainers and athletes on how to develop strength and conditioning programming with an emphasis on injury prevention.  He will be working with key NSCRO officials to develop articles, instructional videos, and programs that follow training periodization principles for teams and players to follow to ensure performance adaptations.

Warner’s advent into rugby strength coaching started with New England College (NEC) in 2011 when he was brought in by then head coach and current NSCRO Director of Rugby Development Jeremy Treece to help resurrect their dormant program to an unprecedented #1 ranking in their first year in NSCRO.  The team would go on to place in top three in both 15s and 7s in an NSCRO record six (6) straight national final four appearances, another record four (4) straight national finals appearances winning two national titles, one (1) in 7’s (2014) and 15’s (2015).  He stayed with the team as they moved up to Division 1-AA and placed in the top 25 in the country for 7’s in 2015 highlighted by an impressive defeat of Kutztown University on their home turf at the 2015 Kutztown Invitational.

Warner’s background in strength and conditioning incudes the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) where his credential as a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) was put to use at NEC.  NASM’s Optimal Performance Training model is the only science and evidence-based model in exercise science proven to reduce injuries. Warner will emphasize this model for use by NSCRO members as well as other methods for achieving high level performance in a small college environment. 

He is also the developer of E.P.I.C. (Elite Performance Injury-prevention Circuits ) and E.P.I.C. Training Systems and the author of Speed, Agility and Quickness for Coaches & Captains, which is the programming used by NEC to catapult them to the top of NSCRO despite their small size, numbers and budget.  He is currently working on developing the E.P.I.C. training manuals for release later this year as well as the book Roar of the Lions which recounts NECs meteoric rise to national success despite the long odds surrounding their program.

NSCRO President Stephen Cohen having seen first-hand the results of Warner’s work with New England College remarked that, “NSCRO is very fortunate to be able to provide Aaron’s services to its membership. This is another important way we continue to increase the value of being a member of NSCRO.”

Warner’s ‘Training Blog’ and programming will soon be available on the NSCRO website.

Aaron Warner can be contacted via email at strength@nscro.org.