Tuesday May 24, 2011Former Florida Defensive Lineman Gary Beemer Receives the 2011 John Stucky Award
Former Florida walk-on defensive lineman and current intern in UF’s Strength and Conditioning department Gary Beemer received the 2011 John Stucky Award in May presented by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association at its National Conference.
The John Stucky Award is given in honor of Coach John Stucky’s commitment and influence on the strength and conditioning profession. Beemer received the award along with Alexandria Boyd (Eastern Illinois University), Matt Shadeed (Louisiana State University) and Ramy Mosbah (University of Missouri).
The award is given to the most impressive young strength coaches who take the oral portion of the certification. Candidates are interviewed by certified master strength coaches about conditioning and proper training technique.
Stucky was the strength and conditioning coach for several universities during his career, including Kansas State, Wichita State, Arkansas, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State and Tennessee. During his time at Tennessee, the Volunteers won the 1998 National Championship. In 2007, Stucky lost his life to cancer. He mentored many men and women training to be strength coaches during his lifetime, and many who learned the profession under Stucky are well-known in the field today.
Selected by his peers, Stucky is a two-time SEC Strength Coach of the Year. In 2000, along with nine of his peers, Stucky formed the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association and was named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the association the following year.
Beemer’s Coach Stucky equivalent is University of Florida’s Head Strength and Conditioning Director Mickey Marotti. With 23 years of experience, Marotti is one of only 71 people in the world to hold the Master of Strength and Conditioning certification and is a member of the CSCCa board of directors.
Marotti nominated Beemer for the award because of his commitment to the team and Florida’s strength and conditioning program. Beemer received a stipend and certificate of honor.
"I cannot tell you how proud I am that he received this award. Gary is a very knowledgeable, hard working and passionate young strength coach, and I know he has a bright future," Marotti said.
The legend of John Stucky continues through relationships that are built as strength coaches have a major impact on student-athletes just like Beemer.