April 11, 2007
Lipscomb athletes Catherine Johnson and Mike Sherman have been honored by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year.
The award recognizes student-athletes for their dedication to strength training and conditioning. The NSCA honored 239 collegiate athletes at 165 schools.
Johnson, a senior from Old Hickory, Tenn., plays volleyball for the Lady Bisons. She was a two-year starter.
"Catherine tremendously improved her power, increasing her vertical jump by 10 feet," Lipscomb strength coach John Hudy said. "She has increased her strength over her four years here. Her improvement in the weight room coincided with her performance on the court.
"She is the epitome of a student athlete while maintaining a high grade point average. She always showed up to workouts with a smile on her face. She was an encourager to her teammates no matter how hard the workouts became. She never complained. She led by example."
Sherman, a senior from Richardson, Texas, is a member of the Bisons tennis team.
"Mike is an extremely hard working young man in the weight room, the court and the classroom," Hudy said. "He holds several records in the weight room. He has improved every year in our testing. Mike will never be out-worked in the weight room, court or classroom."
Sherman has played either No. 1 or No. 2 singles for his four years at Lipscomb. He has been an Atlantic Sun All-Freshman team member and has been an A-Sun Second Team All-Conference selection as a sophomore and junior.