For the first time in Union Fitness history, we have athletes in house who have earned the highest accolade from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The designation of Strength and Conditioning All-American is awarded to those individuals who embody the values of each training organization and live out those values daily. The three individuals listed below showed exceptional dedication and effort for the entire both semesters and over winter break. I’d like to take this opportunity to honor three softball players from Point Park University.
Jodi Frontino- Jodi was not only one of the first to show up in the fall, but she also stayed and trained over the winter. For three weeks over winter break, we were forced to train exclusively outside. It was very cold. That didn’t matter. Jodi was there. Her consistency and effort were top notch this entire year. What’s more, Jodi has a beautiful personality and our sessions are filled with laughter and playful banter. Everything is better when Jodi is around. She gives her group life. I’m very proud to know and coach Jodi.
Hailey Leitner- Hailey was hip to hip with Jodi on day one. They were like that for the whole year. When Hailey is in the weight room, you know what you’re going to get. High effort, high energy, and a lot of personality. Hailey was also among those who braved the cold at Union in order to get her training in. Hailey was invested in the training process all the time, and she had great awareness concerning what she needed to work on. Hailey has the amazing ability of making me belly-laugh every day. I’m very proud to know and coach Hailey.
Tyra Bell- After the first session ever training Point Park University athletes, someone asked me if anyone stood out. I thought about it and said, “There was one.” It was Tyra Bell. The level of effort she gave in the very first session was uncommon among uncommon efforts. It was impressive. I never stopped being impressed by her effort on every exercise, every day. Besides her work ethic, Tyra is sweet and personable. She’s easy to be around and a joy to instruct. I’m proud to know and coach Tyra.
It’s worth noting that Point Park University Softball was the only team to have nominations for this award. This is a special program that is obviously doing something right. Hats off to Coach Coultas and her staff. We look forward to future training!
Once again, congratulations to Jodi Frontino, Hailey Leitner, and Tyra Bell on being named 2021 NSCA Strength and Conditioning All-Americans!