Meg Ritchie-Stone was recognized last Thursday evening, May 10th, as a "Legend in the Field" of Strength and Conditioning by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa). Her award was presented by head strength and conditioning Coach Stacey Torman from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, the first female to receive the prestigious title of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach. This honor was given in recognition of Meg's pioneering efforts on behalf of the strength and conditioning profession.
Meg entered the strength and conditioning coaching profession in 1984, when she was hired as the head strength and conditioning coach at her alma mater—the University of Arizona—making her the first woman ever to be appointed as the head strength and conditioning coach at a Division I University. This followed an amazing track and field career, which included seven NCAA Championship Titles, as well as 34 international track and field competitions, including two Olympic Game appearances. She remains the holder of the NCAA record for Shot Put and Discus. She currently coaches track and field at East Tennessee State University.
Four individuals were honored as "Legends in the Field" of Strength and Conditioning at the 2007 CSCCa National Conference: Meg Ritchie-Stone, Al Vermeil, Al Miller, and Boyd Epley. These four individuals have had a tremendous impact on the development of the strength and conditioning profession. The profession as it is known today is a direct result of the hard work, dedication, knowledge, and expertise of these legends. They are true pioneers, who blazed a trail through unknown and uncharted territory and helped develop a profession that has become an integral part of successful athletic programs across the country. The pioneering and mentoring efforts of these individuals make them true "Legends in the Field."