NCSA’s Athleader All-American Team has officially taken off, and the inaugural team is filled with some of the most well-rounded student athletes in all of collegiate athletics. Eight players from across all levels of college sports have been named to the team, headlined by NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Player Colt Ryan, from the University of Evansville.
To be chosen for the All-American Team, athletes have to embody the characteristics of an Athleader. Below is the list of honorees, and why they are such strong examples of athleadership in today’s collegiate atmosphere! Think someone from your alma mater might deserve to be named to the 2014 Athleader All-American Team?! Point your former A.D., S.I.D. or Coach to have them nominate an athlete for next year’s team!
Colt Ryan (Division I) has been the definition of an Athleader during his time at the University of Evansville. As a Purple Ace, Ryan was a star on the men’s basketball team and now ranks first all-time at UE in career points with 2,279 points. In 2013 Ryan received the Ralph Coleman Scholar-Athlete Award for top male senior student-athlete at UE. During his career he was named the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Scholar Athlete of the Year twice, and was a 2-time MVC First Team All-Conference selection. Colt was also named to the MVC Honor Roll for 3 years. During his senior year Colt volunteered for multiple organizations in Indiana, including Race for the Cure, Special Olympics, the American Red Cross, YMCA and more.
When nominating Ryan for this award, Senior Associate Athletics Director, Sarah Solinsky said, “Colt is a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Representative who makes time for others, often receiving requests to participate in volunteer activities and he happily gave of his time.”
Danielle Langness (Division I) has been the definition of an Athleader during her time at the University of Evansville. As a Purple Ace, Langness was a starter for the women’s soccer team and was named to the Missouri Valley Conference Honor Roll all four years. Over the past year she contributed 515 hours of community service to Evansville’s Athletic Department’s 4,042 hours. Organizations she helped include United Way, Salvation Army, Make-A-Wish, and Canine Rescue among more. This past fall, Langness received the Fall, 2012, Missouri Valley Conference Service and Leadership Award.
When nominating Langness for this award, Senior Associate Athletics Director, Sarah Solinsky said, “Danielle is a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member and she inspires others to give more of themselves.”
Bailey Vrazel (Division II) has been the definition of an Athleader during her time at Texas Women’s University. As a Pioneer, Vrazel has been a standout on the softball field. In her freshman campaign she led all collegiate softball players across division levels in steals. Vrazel’s accomplishments were recognized when she was named the University’s President’s Award(highest TWU student honor). In her previous season (2012) she was named to the Capital One Second Team Academic All-American, and was named Lone Star Conference Female Academic Athlete of the Year. She volunteers for multiple organizations including Tails for Trails, Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Center, Make-A-Wish and more.
When nominating Vrazel for this award, Assistant Director of Athletics, Naveen Boppana said, “Vrazel is one of the best student-athletes at Texas Woman’s University. She is a student-athlete that every coach/athletics department dreams to have on your side. I looking forward to enjoying two more years with Bailey.”
Kelly Barzak (Division III) has been the definition of an Athleader during her time at Thiel College. As a Tomcat, she has excelled in two varsity sports. As a volleyball player Barzak is Thiel’s all-time career leader in kills and blocks, and in basketball she became the 12th player to score 1,000 career points in Tomcat history, and is currently the program’s fourth all-time leading scorer. She’s a 4-time 1st team All-PAC volleyball selection and 3-time All-PAC basketball honoree. She’s also been named to Thiel’s Dean’s List seven times.
When nominating Vrazel for this award, Sports Information Director, William Becque said, “Kelly has been one of the most consistent athleaders on Thiel’s campus. She is the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President this year and has lead by example. She has committed herself to showing the younger Tomcats how to be better student-athletes.”
John Harding (Division III) has been the definition of an Athleader during his time at Albright College. As a lion, he has excelled both on and off the field. Harding is Albright’s Football Team Captain, as well as a member of the Leadership Council. In 2012 he was a NCAA Division III semifinalist for the William Campbell Trophy (NFF National Scholar Athlete of the Year award). He was also named to the Dean’s List four times and the MAC Academic Honor Roll in both 2010 and 2011.During his career at Albright he has volunteered with the Reading Boys and Girls Club, as a youth football coach, and with the Brandywine Park clean-up project.
Bernie Bachel (NAIA) has been the definition of an Athleader during her time at Jamestown College. As a Jimmie, she excelled both on and off the track. As an Exercise Science major with a minor in Psychology, Bachel was named the 2012 Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athlete for both Cross Country and Track & Field. During her time at Jamestown she volunteered for multiple organizations including Trick or Can, YMCA, Humane Shelter, and more.
James Jensen (NAIA) has been the definition of an Athleader during his time at Menlo College. As an Oak, Jensen has excelled both on and off the field. At Menlo he has a 3.25 ERA and a 0.266 batting average. Besides being a full time college student and athlete, he has also managed a full-times sales job. He is also the team leader in volunteer hours for the community and college.
When nominating Jensen for this award, Coach, Stefan McGovern said, “Jimmy has a tremendous work-ethic, which not only helps him get better, but it reflects on our entire team. If I had 15 Jimmy Jensens on my team, not only would my team be in the World Series every year, but we would have great character and be viewed in a positive way in the community.”
Hannah Dalle (JC) has been the definition of an Athleader during her time at Finger Lakes. As a Laker, Dalle has excelled both on and off the field. As a Team Captain, she has scored 29 goals, with 19 assists – 77 points (2nd in the Nation). She was also named to the 2011 National Tournament Team. Dalle has volunteered for multiple organizations to help her community by maintaining the homes of the elderly, performing city clean up and helping to provide inner city children to receive winter jackets.
When nominating Dalle for this award, Coach, Eric Marsh said, “I feel that [Hannah]’s status on the field has helped her give back to our campus and community. Hannah would be an excellent role model for such an outstanding award!”
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