SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE (May 7, 2007) – Christine Gibbins and Jeff Hewes have been recognized as Springfield College’s 2007 Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). As a result, Gibbins and Hewes have been named NSCA All-Americans.
The NSCA awarded 239 collegiate athletes from 165 schools with this esteemed award in 2007. The award recognizes student-athletes’ dedication to strength and conditioning.
“Both Christine and Jeff are very deserving recipients of this award,” said Springfield College’s Strength and Conditioning Coach Margaret Jones. “Each epitomizes what this award is all about.”
Christine Gibbins was a main cog in the highly-successful Springfield College field hockey team, which ultimately reached the NCAA Division III Tournament and finished with a 17-6 overall record this past fall. A 5-8 senior midfielder from Eden, N.Y., Christine scored three goals and added one assist for seven points. One of her goals was a game-winner. She made a difference as Springfield captured the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference tourney title for the third year in a row.
“Chrissy is a true team player,” said Jones. “For two years she lettered as a forward possessing one of the strongest shots on the team. In her senior year, she was switched to midfield and learned a new position. She worked hard to make the transition smoothly and without complaint. Her teammates consistently looked to her for leadership both on the field and in the weight room.”Jeff Hewes started at catcher for a good part of the year for the Springfield College baseball team this past season. He is a 5-11 senior from Groton, Conn. He led his team in an important trio of percentages – including batting average (.339), on base percentage (.406), and slugging percentage (.468). “Jeff exhibits many leadership qualities both on the field and in the weight room,” said Jones. “He leads by example with his sound work ethic, inspiring his teammates to follow.”
The NSCA All-American Athlete of the Year Award program is in its 28th year, and is made possible by a grant from Power Systems, Inc., a Knoxville, Tennessee fitness product leader.
Said Robert Jursnick, NSCA’s Executive Director, “The advantages of strength training and conditioning cannot be denied in collegiate athletics. These student-athletes attest to this understanding, and are to be applauded for their hard work and dedication.”