An Independent School • Grades 5-12
December Committed Athletes: Liz B. '20 and Connor L. '19
December Committed Athletes: Liz B. '20 and Connor L. '19

Led by head coach Rick Huegli and assistant coach Erica Pitman, the Lakeside strength and conditioning program's committed athlete platform recognizes student-athletes who demonstrate qualities and characteristics that exude commitment, leadership, and confident competence in the weight room.

Lakeside student-athletes who exemplify the following traits are looked at as potential committed athletes:

  • Consistent attendance to training sessions that have been arranged;
  • Consistent attendance to training sessions beyond regular in-season team sessions;
  • Appropriate effectiveness and training intensity of workouts;
  • Proactive communication with strength and conditioning staff;
  • Punctuality;
  • Positive attitude toward self and others during workout sessions; and,
  • Leadership example.

"We want to be purposeful about the way we train and the way we are building competence in our student-athletes," Huegli said. "Our objective each and every day is to grow and promote a culture of commitment and personal responsibility within our student-athletes. We're really laying the foundation of our strength program by rolling out the committed athlete platform."

In addition to being highlighted on the Lakeside Athletics website, student-athletes (one boy and one girl) who are selected will be featured in the weight room with their name written on the wall for all to see. Those selected will also receive a strength and conditioning t-shirt that highlights their accomplishments.

Huegli recently named Liz B. '20 and Connor L. '19 as Lakeside committed athletes.

Coach Huegli commented on the efforts of these two newest members of the committed athlete group.

"It is with a pleasure to acknowledge Connor and Liz as our most recent Committed Athletes. Both are extremely hard working and committed to their training, making space in their day and week to stay their course. Additionally, both are excellent role models among their peers through their work ethic and leadership example.'"


After learning of their selection as committed athletes, Liz and Connor talked about what it means to be recognized.

Liz B.

1. Describe what being a committed athlete at Lakeside looks like to you.

2. How have you benefited from being a part of the strength and conditioning program at Lakeside?

Apart from becoming stronger, the strength and conditioning program has helped me push my limits farther than I ever thought I could and, through this, grow more confident in myself and my abilities.

3. As a student-athlete, what would you pass along to your peers about becoming more of a committed athlete?

My advice to anyone trying to become more of a committed athlete is to remember that whatever you put in is what you'll get out, so always give your best effort. I've learned that your effort is so much more important that natural skill, so always give your 100%, especially on the days when you don't want to.

Connor L.

1. Describe what being a committed athlete at Lakeside looks like to you.

To me being a committed athlete means a little bit more than just making it in every day and going through the workouts you give us. It takes the extra efforts of bringing the energy and extra sets and lifts that not only raise the energy of the other people in the weight room, but to inspire the younger Lakeside student-athletes that the weight room is a fun place to be and that the hard and extra work put in there pays off big time down the road.

2. How have you benefited from being a part of the strength and conditioning program at Lakeside?

Well for one, I went from a 215 pound sophomore to a much faster and stronger 180 pound junior. My mental acuity is raised after getting a good lift, showing me that academic and athletic lives are one and the same. And finally, we're in there getting coached by two great coaches who really care about us improving our physical fitness. Plus, talking to Huegli about his time at UW is not only insanely cool, but really inspiring and proof that we're getting the best workouts possible. I'm much more driven as a student and an athlete thanks to what I've learned about myself through lifting here.

3. As a student-athlete, what would you pass along to your peers about becoming more of a committed athlete?

Lifting is super fun. Sometimes making it in during a free can seem like a drag and excuses are super easy to make, going to Lakeside is hard and busy. But, I work better after getting a good lift in, it gives me the space to clear my head and feel good about myself physically before diving into that next big essay I've gotta write or test I've gotta study for.

Congratulations, Liz and Connor!

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