Wirth, 34, is a certified specialist who joined the UA staff in 1991 after serving as head strength coach at Iowa-Wesleyan and Wisconsin-Whitewater for two years each. He was promoted to head of the UA's program in 1994.
He began his conditioning career as a graduate assistant strength coach in the late 1980s at Iowa, where he lettered in football for four years from 1985-88. He earned both bachelor's and master's degrees at Iowa. Wirth and his staff have been credited with marked strides in the physical performance of Arizona student-athletes.
The National Strength and Conditioning Association sponsors the award, which is chosen by the membership in recognition of college professionals who have shown excellence in the design and implementation of their school's programs.
The NSCA is a non-profit organization and acknowledged authority on techniques for improved physical performance. An underlying notion of the association is to facilitate a professional exchange of ideas in strength development.
The award will be given at the organization's national conference June 21-24 in Orlando, Fla.