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B-CU’s Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Receives the NCAA Judy Sweet Award


Corliss Fingers is Featured on web series, “Beyond the Chalk.”

In December 2017, Corliss Fingers, Director of Strength and Conditioning for Bethune-Cookman University’s 17-sport NCAA Division I program, attended the NCAA Women Coaches Academy in Denver, where she received the Judy Sweet Award. The award is named in honor of Judith M. Sweet who served as the former Co-Director of the Alliance of Women Coaches and is a consultant for Title IX and gender equity initiatives.

Fingers is one of the only female head strength and conditioning coaches in Division I-level intercollegiate athletics and has been the subject of numerous articles and features.

“To be selected by my peers for such an award is a tremendous honor. It inspires me and reminds me that I am pushing to be great for so many other women with dreams to smash through the ceilings," said Fingers. "Attending the NCAA WCA was a wonderful experience and an opportunity to recharge. There were outstanding coaches from all over the country doing amazing work with our student-athletes. I came away with several ideas to help push our programs and teams to another level – mentally, emotionally and spiritually.”

Fingers has helped the Wildcats garner achievements on the field, on the court and in the weight room. Namely, she increased all sports’ weight numbers, agility and endurance and established dietary plans in the cafeteria. She also implemented structured workout sets for each sport and added dedicated full-time assistants to individual sports.

Now in her third year at B-CU, Corliss Fingers has had her life in the weight room and beyond chronicled in the web-based YouTube and Facebook series Beyond the Chalk. Beyond the Chalk followed Fingers’ daily routine in September 2017 chronicling her daily regimen and quest for work/life balance.

A 23-year veteran strength and conditioning field, Corliss Fingers served as the first-ever female strength and conditioning coordinator in the history of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). 

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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