Illinois State University volleyball player Ashley Rosch was selected as a Hammer Strength All-American this past week. The Hammer Strength Award, which was announced at the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA) National Conference, is an award of high prestige. It recognizes the most outstanding college athletes who show what it takes, both on and off the court, to become not only a top-notch athlete, but student as well.
Chris Winters, strength and conditioning coach for ISU, nominated Rosch in February with the help of the rest of the Sports Performance staff here at ISU.
“I selected Ashley because her athletic accomplishments, strong academic record and intangible characteristics in training embody the standard for Illinois State Athletics,” said Winters. “I felt as though she was a tremendous representative of ISU.”
Those who receive the award attain more than just exemplary athletic ability. Recipients of the Hammer Strength award have to possess a strong academic drive, a steady work ethic, and a sense of teamwork and consistency. These athletes must demonstrate the dedication they have for the sport through conditioning, and their performance not only in the classroom, but also on the court.
On top of receiving MVC Freshman of the Year in 2012, Rosch was also a first-team All-MVC selection this past season. She has become a crucial member of the Redbird volleyball team. She was also selected to the 2013 MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team, as well as an Afni Honor Roll student-athlete both her freshman and sophomore year.
Hammer Strength partnered with CSCCA to create this award in 2013, and it is announced annually at the CSCCA National Conference.