Two student-athletes have earned All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year awards, the National Strength and Conditioning Association announced recently.
Mocs softball player Tara Tembey and football player Chris Johnson, both seniors, were two of 239 student-athletes from 165 schools honored this spring by the NSCA.
Tembey, a shortstop from Folsom, Calif., was a First-Team All-Southern Conference selection this season after claiming Second-Team honors in 2007. She helped lead the Lady Mocs to the SoCon Tournament title and their first NCAA Regional bid since 2004.
Johnson, a linebacker from Chattanooga, Tenn., was the male recipient from UTC. Johnson was named Second-Team All-Southern Conference each of the last two seasons. He was a three-year starter and was voted a team captain his senior year.
“Tara has elevated her performance level to new heights,” Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Matt Green said. “Already an impressive performer in the weight room in many of our testing measures, her hard work helped her set a school record in the power clean. She has also earned several All-Conference honors and maintains an excellent grade point average in a challenging major.
“Chris has continuously proven himself to be one of our hardest workers and toughest athletes from the first day he arrived on campus. He has never backed away from a challenge and will routinely perform all that is asked of him and more. Both athletes are especially deserving of this honor.”
The NSCA All-American Athlete of the Year Award program is in its 29th year. It is made possible by a grant from Power Systems, Inc. of Knoxville, Tenn., a fitness product leader.