Eight Earn NSCA Strength And Conditioning All-America

Eight Earn NSCA Strength And Conditioning All-America

The Sacred Heart University Department of Athletics had eight student-athletes earn National Strength and Conditioning All-America honors for the 2015-16 season. The honor was bestowed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is based on athletic performance numbers in squat, clean, bench press, vertical jump and speed.

"This is an incredible acknowledgement of the hard work of our student-athletes," said SHU Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Chris Fee. "In just the second year of our department at SHU, to have eight student-athletes recognized as All-America honorees is an awesome feeling."
Four of the honorees were seniors in the 2015-16 season, with Katie Direnzo (women's volleyball), Alex Dodge (men's lacrosse), Eyimofe Edukgho (men's basketball), and Jesslyn Joseph (women's lacrosse) being honored.  Men's hockey player Justin Danforth and football's James Rentz were junior honorees and sophomores Cassandra Hanlon (women's hockey) and Nichole Tolli (field hockey) rounded out the Pioneer selections.
The 2015-16 season was a successful one for the SHU Department of Athletics as the Pioneers became the first school in Northeast Conference history to win the Brenda Weare Commissioners Cup and the Institutional Academic Award in the same season.  In addition, the Pioneers earned the league's Building Communities Award for the fifth time in six years.