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Sarah Brooker and Dan Tanguay Named Strength and Conditioning All-Americans

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 14, 2006 – Sarah Brooker and Dan Tanguay have been recognized as Springfield College’s 2006 Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). As a result, Brooker and Tanguay have been named NSCA All-Americans.

The NSCA awarded 242 collegiate athletes from 160 schools with this esteemed award in 2006. The award recognizes student-athletes’ dedication to strength and conditioning.

“Both Sarah and Dan are very deserving recipients of this award,” said Springfield College’s Strength and Conditioning Coach Margaret Jones. “Each epitomizes what this award is all about. Not only were they good lifters, they were leaders in terms of perseverance, dedication, and attendance. I likened them to excellent weight room captains.”

Sarah Brooker was a 2005 co-captain of the highly-successful Springfield College field hockey team, which ultimately reached the NCAA Division III Elite Eight and finished with a 21-3 record. A 5-4 senior forward from Auburn, Maine, Sarah was named a 2005 womensfieldhockey.com First Team All-America, a National Field Hockey Coaches Association/Dartfish Third Team All-America, First Team All-NEWMAC, and NEWMAC All-Academic. She led the team in goal-scoring with 15 and in points-scored with 33.

“Sarah played in every game despite chronic wrist and ankle injuries,” said Jones. “The grit and determination she displayed was constant at every workout on the field and in the weight room. She led by example and excelled academically in a demanding physical therapy program.”

Dan Tanguay started at center for the Springfield College football team this past season. He is a 5-10, 200-pound senior from South Portland, Maine. “Dan is one of my favorites,” said SC Head Football Coach Mike DeLong. “If you look at him, you’d automatically say he was too small to be a starting center. That’s why he had to work extra hard. I’m not surprised that he won this award. It’s a work-ethic type of award and Dan is a motivational-type of player. In terms of work ethic, everyone looks up to him.”

“Dan has gone to extreme lengths to achieve on the field and in the weight room,” said Jones. “He has great focus, dedication, and commitment to all he does. His positive attitude has assisted him in achieving the high standards he sets for himself. If all athletes were like Dan, the work of a strength coach would be much easier.”

The NSCA All-American Athlete of the Year Award program is in its 27th year, and is made possible by a grant from Power Systems, Inc., a Knoxville, Tennessee fitness product leader.

Said Robert Jursnick, NSCA’s Executive Director, “The advantages of strength training and conditioning cannot be denied in collegiate athletics. These student-athletes attest to this understanding, and are to be applauded for their hard work and dedication.”

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