The recipient of the inaugural 2018 Gatorade CSCCa Young Achievement Award is Zachery Farrel, Senior Sports Performance Caoch/Olympic Sports at the University of Louisville. Coach Farrel was nominated by Coach Teena Murray, Director of Olympic Sports Performance at the University of Louisville.
Nomination Letter for Zach from Coach Murray
To Whom it May Concern,
It is with great pleasure that I nominate Zach Farrel- Senior Performance Coach at the University of Louisville for the 2018 Gatorade/CSCCa Young Achievement Award.
Zach is an impressive nominee on all fronts. As a coach, he has led the Louisville Baseball program to back-to-back College World Series, and 3 appearances in the past 5 years. He has also led the Louisville Volleyball team to an ACC title in only it's 3rd year in the league, and produced a NCAA Runner-up in the Shot Put. As an educator, he serves as an adjunct lecturer teaching in the graduate program in Strength & Conditioning. As a mentor, he leads the Louisville Sports Performance Mentorship Program, and, as a leader, heads our Speed-Power Research and Development Team.
Zach has been a member of the Louisville Sports Performance team since 2008 when he began his tenure as an undergraduate intern. Next, he transitioned to a graduate assistant role from 2009-2011. As a GA, Zach demonstrated such a rare passion for learning and growth, and such a rare commitment to the Cardinal brand that when graduation approached it was clear we needed to keep him in a Cardinals' uniform.
Today, as a senior performance coach, Zach works with baseball, volleyball, men's tennis, and the track and field throws group. As leader of the Strength-Power Team, he evaluates programs, refines methodologies, leads decision-making around tools and technologies, and leads staff education. And, as a lecturer he teaches Advanced Principles of Strength and Conditioning for second year graduate students. This applied course, taught in our facility, requires complete curriculum development, implementation and evaluation.
Zach and his wife, Caleigh are active participants in UofL's Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). He also assists with Cardinal Athletics' male leadership development mprogram- Team Elite.
Zach embodies the best of what coaching is about- a genuine passion for impacting student- athletes. A servant leader, great teammate, and committed professional Zach is a future star in our industry, and I strongly endorse him this award.