COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and Muscle Milk announced that four Northern Arizona student-athletes were named 2014 All-American Athlete Award recipients. Football seniors Drew Emanuel and Kyle Walker, soccer senior Elinor Priest, and volleyball junior Sydney Kemper were all recognized by the organization.
Priest, a senior forward, appeared in all 19 games for NAU. She earned Big Sky Honorable Mention accolades, as she helped her team to a second place finish in the regular season standings.
“Elinor has been a strong candidate for this honor since she stepped onto campus after transferring,” said head strength and conditioning coach Cody Hodgeson. “She is an exceptional and considerate person who expects nothing less than the best from herself and her teammates. I have no doubt that Elinor will continue to achieve success in her future endeavors.”
Kemper, an All-Big Sky Second Team selection, started all 30 matches and played in all 110 sets. She ranked second on the team with 293 kills and 2.66 kills per set. She recorded double-digit kills in 13 matches with a career-high 19 kills at Montana.
“Sydney has transformed herself into an all-conference performer through her commitment to improving her all-around game including strength & conditioning,” said Cody Hodgeson. “She has pushed herself beyond the limits that she once set for herself and has developed into a leader both vocally as well as through her actions. Sydney possesses the type of consistent and hard-nosed attitude that makes working with her a pleasure each day.”
Walker, a three-year starter and leader on the offensive line was instrumental to the Lumberjacks’ success in 2013. He started all 12 games last season to help NAU finish second in the Big Sky.
“Kyle’s awards as a football player are many, but his actions behind the scenes, year round dedication to success, relentless pursuit of his goals, and his willingness to bring all those around him are second to none,” Hodgeson said. “It makes him the honor and pride of what we get to do as strength coaches.”
Emanuel, a tight end, started eight games and appeared in all 12 for NAU. He caught five passes for 38 yards.
“Drew’s work ethic and dedication to off-season training has given him a career attendance of 100 percent, both mandatory and voluntary, making him the first athlete at NAU to have 100 percent career attendance,” Hodgeson said. “He has proven his worth in all areas of the game and in the classroom. He is officially the most dedicated athlete in my five-year history.”
About The National Strength & Conditioning Association
The National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) is an international nonprofit educational association founded in 1978. Evolving from a membership of 76, the association now serves nearly 30,000 members in 52 countries. Drawing upon its vast network of members, the NSCA develops and presents the most advanced information regarding strength training and conditioning practices, injury prevention, and research findings.