April 7, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut tennis freshman Abby McKeon (Westford, Mass.) was selected as a NSCA All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year. Sponsored by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, McKeon was nominated by the Huskies' strength and conditioning coach for her work ethic and dedication to off-court training.
"Abby has worked tirelessly on and off the court since she arrived in the fall," head coach Glenn Marshall said. "Her work ethic is on display every day she is on the tennis courts or in the gym with our outstanding strength coaches."
The NSCA All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year program is designed to recognize collegiate athletes whose athletic accomplishments reflect their dedication to strength training and conditioning. All those honored, including McKeon, were nominated by their strength and conditioning coach.
"Although only a freshman, Abby has already established herself as a leader in the weight room," strength and conditioning coach Zachary Penwell said. "Abby is the type of athlete every coach dreams of working with."
McKeon was an Iron Husky Award recipient after her first semester in Storrs, acknowledging her progress in the weight room. In addition to her dedication to her sport on and off the court, Penwell mentioned her involvement in the community, including Husky Sport and her roll as a peer educator and mentor.
"This is a great honor for Abby and all of her coaches and teammates are very proud of her accomplishments," Marshall said.
McKeon and the rest of the women's tennis team head to Georgetown and Villanova for a pair of BIG EAST matches on the road. The Huskies face the Hoyas at 11 a.m. on Saturday before taking on the Wildcats at 11 a.m. on Sunday.