Four Billikens Earn All-American Strength and Conditioning Honors
Courtesy: Saint Louis Athletics

ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis University's Mallory Eggert (Oak Forest, Ill./Marian Catholic) of the women's basketball team team, Cody Ellis (Perth, Australia/Institute of Sport) of the men's basketball team, Spencer Litzau (Ballwin, Mo./Marquette) of the men’s swimming and diving team and Carly Marcum (Belleville, Ill./Althoff Catholic) of the volleyball team are among the 229 collegiate and high school athletes named 2012-13 All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Eggert had a senior season in which she averaged 8.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. In the final game of her career, she led the Billikens with 14 points and five rebounds. It is the second consecutive season Eggert has won the award.

“Mallory has earned the NSCA All-America nomination twice in her four-year college career,” basketball strength coach Erick Schork, CSCS, SCCC, USAW said. “She is the consummate student-athlete, balancing a demanding course load majoring in physical therapy and contributing as a team leader. Mallory has transferred her work in the off-season by posting the highest scoring average of her career. She also finished seventh on the school’s all-time rebounding list. Mallory has developed into a great leader and a great teammate.”

Ellis capped off an impressive career by leading the Billikens to an NCAA third round appearance for the second consecutive season. He averaged 10.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game while connecting on a team-high 62 three-pointers. He was named the Atlantic 10 Conference’s Sixth Man of the Year.

“Cody exemplifies the ideals of collegiate strength and conditioning,” Schork said. “He has battled through a season-ending injury by embracing the grind of the weight room. His game has evolved from a perimeter shooter to a lock-down defender who consistently leads his team in taking charges. I am extremely proud of Cody’s development in confidence, leadership, coachability and overall resiliency toward adversity.”

Litzau is one of the top distance swimmers in Saint Louis history. He ranks in the all-time top eight in the 1000-yard freestyle and the 1650-yard freestyle.

“Spencer is the most consistent student-athlete I have ever trained,” strength coach Scott Charland, MS, CSCS, said. “Whether it was summer break, winter break or any other time of year when most student-athletes were looking to take time off, Spencer was training to get better. For this and his positive attitude, great effort and team leadership, he has earned my greatest respect.”

Marcum was one of the top players for the Billikens in her senior season. She led SLU in kills (251, 2.30 per set) and blocks (116, 1.06 per set). She is ninth all-time at Saint Louis in total blocks (353).

“Hard working, consistent, positive and determined are words that perfectly describe Carly,” Charland said. “She experienced a lot of change during her volleyball career, but she always kept working to get better. She was a great leader by example and truly an enjoyable student-athlete to work with.”

"The advantages of strength training and conditioning cannot be denied in collegiate and high school athletics," Boyd Epley, founder of the NSCA, said. "The NSCA is pleased to recognize student-athletes who put forth an effort to improve their performance through strength and conditioning. They are to be applauded for their hard work and dedication."

Now in its 34th year, the award program recognizes student-athletes whose athletic accomplishments, in the opinions of their strength coaches, are by-products of exemplary dedication to strength training and conditioning. This is the fifth consecutive year at least three Billikens have earned a spot on the list.