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I think having a sports scientist who can simplify the information to deliver to the strength coach so that coach then can tinker their program and use the info as they see best fits is an ideal relationship between the two. I have seen too often a sports science person become an AD or head of a strength and conditioning program because they have a doctorate, but no training experience. I have also seen programs without a sports science person on staff that try's to collect too much data but have no idea what we are doing or looking for. As you can image both scenarios end up being a mess. Respecting each others lanes while having a basic knowledge of what the other one does is ideal. Charlie Weingroff talks about this for Canada basketballs sports performance model. Instead having a tier system where one person is the boss he talks about more of a web where different people have their expertise but everyone has a basic understanding of what the others do.