May 9, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern's April Sports Performance Athletes of the Month are Stephanie Holthus of women's volleyball and Reggie Hearn of men's basketball, Director of Sports Performance Jason Pullara announced today (May 9).
"Spring quarter started off strong with winter sports getting into off-season workouts and fall sports balancing off-season workouts with their spring practice schedules," Pullara said. "Our winners for the April Athletes of the Month come from a fall team and a winter team. Stephanie Holthus from the Volleyball team represents the women and Reggie Hearn from men's basketball team represents the men. We are excited that we are able to recognize these two athletes for all their hard work and dedication. They both are leaders on their respective teams and not only push themselves to get better but push their teammates to increase their performance levels. These two student-athletes are great representatives of their teams and of Northwestern.
Stephanie Holthus (Women's Volleyball)
Holthus will be a junior next fall and has been a valuable member of her team since the day she stepped on campus. She enjoys being a college athlete and embraces the hard work that it takes to be successful. She has a lighthearted, carefree personality which makes her approachable to her young team, but when it's time to work, she is all business and expects the same from her team.
Sports Performance Coach Katie Fort says: "Steph is a great athlete who always looks forward to getting better. She doesn't need to be persuaded. If a workout might make her a better volleyball player she only asks 'when and where?' That attitude sets a great example for her teammates. Steph has battled through a nagging foot injury and dedicated her full attention to unconventional workouts. Now, fully healthy and released, she has pushed herself hard out of the gates and is not satisfied with anything less than constant progress."
Reggie Hearn (Men's Basketball)
For Reggie to have a stand-out month, is saying something -- he very rarely brings anything less than full effort and intensity. Reggie is a former walk-on who through hard work earned a scholarship. On the court he prides himself on hustle and being the guy who guards the other team's best scorer, and that mindset transfers to his off the court demeanor as well. Earning a scholarship did not make Reggie complacent, but rather fueled his fire to out-work those around him and prove he belongs in the Big Ten.
Sports Performance Coach Mike Schweigert says: "Reggie is the perfect example of hard work paying off. He embraced the weight room as a key part to his development -- and now as a senior he sets the best example for the young guys on how to attack workouts. He has a leadership voice on the team, and it's not simply because he is a senior -- it's because he shows up every day and out works everyone on the team."
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