ATHLETES OF THE MONTH
Requirements for Sports Performance Athlete of the Month
- Out of season/pre-season athletes
- Positive attitude
- Outstanding Work ethic
- Continued improvement in testing parameters
- Strong awareness for team and performance department rules and values
Northwestern has named Kristin Wirtz of field hockey and Tyler Miller of men's soccer as its March Sports Performance Athletes of the Month, Assistant A.D. for Sports Performance Jason Pullara announced.
"These two individuals are outstanding representatives of the student-athletes we have at Northwestern and I'm proud to present them as our March Sports Performance Athletes of the Month," Pullara said.
||Kristin Wirtz (Field Hockey)
Wirtz, a redshirt sophomore, brings a positive attitude each and every day to the Sports Performance Facility and Trienens Indoor facility. Besides being one of the strongest student-athletes on the Field Hockey team, Kristin is very encouraging with all of her teammates and works to bring out the best in them.
"Kristin has dealt with many challenges throughout her career but through each set back she continues to persevere with an optimistic approach and an incredible vigor for success. Working with student-athletes like Kristin is why Northwestern is such a special place," Pullara said.
||Tyler Miller (Men's Soccer)
Miller, a sophomore and starting goalkeeper for the Cats over the last two seasons has overcome some setbacks this off-season. "He was limited by an injury over the past two months but he continued to persevere with a positive attitude and a work ethic that showed a real sense of urgency to be back on the field with his teammates," said sports performance coach Justin Blatner.
Many athletes would not have responded to this adversity with this same attitude or effort. Tyler has been a very motivated individual who consistently inquires for direction on what he can do to improve. His attitude and effort this month was a great example for responding to an injury or limitation and his desire to play at the next level is evident during every workout.
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