Wayzata High physical education teacher receives national award

Wayzata High School teacher Ryan Johnson has been named the 2017 High School Strength and Conditioning Coach by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Ryan Johnson

Winners for the award, which has been given annually since 1991, are determined based on their contributions to the association, their community and the strength and conditioning profession.

Johnson teaches physical education and is the strength and conditioning coordinator for Wayzata Public Schools, a position he began in 2000.

Wayzata athletics have captured 54 team state titles in his tenure and Johnson works directly with the three-time state champion football program as director of operations and player development. Over 50 other high school and small college programs have visited Johnson’s Wayzata Trojan Power program.

Johnson is a member of the association and is Minnesota’s state director for the association.

He was named the association’s Minnesota High School Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year in 2010 and the State Director of the Year in 2013.

A former volunteer firefighter, he also received an award of merit from the Minnesota Department of Health and Safety for participation in a lifesaving CPR/AED effort to revive a player that suffered sudden cardiac arrest while at practice.

“Congratulations to Coach Johnson for this well-deserved award,” said Scott Caulfield, head strength and conditioning coach for the association. “He has changed many lives and exemplifies what it is to be an NSCA professional. We are proud to have him as a member.”

Johnson will receive his award at the national conference July 12-15 in Las Vegas.