June 6, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. –- Guards Tre Demps and Maggie Lyon of Northwestern men’s and women’s basketball, cap the 2013-14 season as the final recipients of this academic year’s Sports Performance Athletes of the Month, Assistant A.D. for Sports Performance Jason Pullara announced on Friday.
Sports performance coaches named the two sophomores as May’s top performance athletes, citing Lyon for her “true competitiveness and willingness to go beyond her off-season training” and Demps for his “maturity and leadership” in team workouts.
Pullara explained that each month during the academic year, sports performance coaches select two student-athletes, or even an entire team, to honor. The men's soccer team set a precedent in March 2014 when the entire team was named Sports Performance Athletes of the Month. The criteria for the monthly award include:
• 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
Maggie Lyon (Women’s Basketball)
Lyon, a 2014 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection, “has shown true competitiveness and a willingness to go beyond what is asked of her during the team’s off-season training. Each day, she brings leadership through her desire for excellence and determination to complete every drill,” says Tanna Burge, Sports Performance Coach for women’s basketball. “She challenges her teammates to succeed and lends an encouraging push to “Finish Strong” even on the most difficult exercises or conditioning sessions. She is an incredible athlete that I get to coach every day and I have no doubt she will continue to be a prime player to watch this fall when the women’s basketball team competes for a Big Ten title,” says Burge.
Tre Demps (Men’s Basketball)
“Tre has been one of the hardest working athletes since he stepped on campus,” says Mike Schweigert, Sports Performance Coach for men’s basketball. “Tre’s growth and maturity has allowed him to be a hard worker and be viewed as a leader as well. Tre is sneaky strong, stronger than one would assume simply by looking at him. He completes each drill with 100 percent intensity. He does extra voluntary workouts on his own and has been an example to other guys on how to approach skill development. His improved vocal leadership has given him a strong presence within the team dynamic. I am excited to see Tre’s continued growth over the next two years,” says Schweigert.
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