Three Billikens Named NSCA All-Americans
ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis University's Brittney Cloudy (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) of the women's track and field team, Brian Conklin (Eugene, Ore./North Eugene) of the men's basketball team and Mallory Eggert (Oak Forest, Ill./Marian Catholic) of the women's basketball team are among the 225 collegiate and high school athletes named 2011-12 All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Cloudy, a senior education major, capped her memorable Atlantic 10 Conference career by winning outdoor titles in the long jump and triple jump, bringing her career A-10 title count to eight. She claimed A-10 Field Performer of the Year honors in both indoor and outdoor track and field. Cloudy also qualified for the NCAA Preliminary rounds all four years.
"Brittney is the best female student-athlete I have worked with in my 13-year career," strength coach Scott Charland, MS, CSCS, said. "She always has a positive attitude, and she has outworked every other athlete in our department each of her four years."
Conklin capped off his career on the hardwood for the Bills in March with a trip to the third round of the 2012 NCAA Championship. He paced the Billikens in scoring with 13.9 ppg last season while shooting an efficient 52.1 percent from the field. Conklin's commitment in the weight room also contributed to his durability-the senior started 33 of the team's 34 contests.
"Brian has been the consummate senior," basketball strength coach Erick Schork, MA, CSCS, said. "His passion and intensity have infected our entire team. His academic achievements exceeded his achievements on the court. Having Brian around has been like having an extra coach in the room. His leadership will be genuinely missed."
Eggert, the lone Billiken junior on the list, anchors the frontcourt for SLU. Eggert poured in 7.6 ppg while pulling down 6.8 rpg. She racked up 707 minutes on the season, good for fourth on the team, and was one of only three players to register playing time in all 31 games.
"Mallory has shown steady improvement in the weight room over the past three years," Schork said. "However, her greatest contribution is her ability to elevate the proficiency of those around her."
"The advantages of strength training and conditioning cannot be denied in collegiate and high school athletics," Alan Kinniburgh, Executive Director of the NSCA, said. "These student-athletes attest to this understanding and are to be applauded for their hard work and dedication."
Now in its 33rd 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 fourth consecutive year at least three Billikens have earned a spot on the list.