An Independent School • Grades 5-12
February Committed Athletes: Jane L. '20 and Alex S. '20
February Committed Athletes: Jane L. '20 and Alex S. '20

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 Jane L. '20 and Alex S. '20 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 Jane and Alex 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, Jane and Alex talked about what it means to be recognized.

Jane L.

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

Commitment doesn’t mean being the strongest or most skillful player. To me, commitment means showing up to a game you know you won’t play in or a meet you know you’ll be JV for to support your team. Commitment means showing up to lift the day after your season ends because dedication isn’t just about the results–it’s about the habit of hard work.

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

Strength and conditioning has taught me discipline and strengthened my work ethic. The measurable, tangible results that I see from lifting inspire me to give everything I have in all areas of life, even those in which I do not see immediate gains. By far the most important impact the program has had on me is the way it has changed my perspective on the value of working hard; I no longer value effort as simply a means to an end, but as a separate entity with inherent value.

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

Lakeside is a place where people pride themselves on being busy, but it's important to remember not to sacrifice commitment to any particular activity to participate in more. If you find yourself consistently skipping practice or lifting to do homework or other extra-curricular activities, you need to examine your priorities and make a change in your schedule.

Alex S.

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

To me, a committed athlete is someone who consistently takes extra steps to work as hard as they can, with the motivation of becoming a better athlete.

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

I have benefitted from being a part of the strength and conditioning program at Lakeside because not only has it enabled me to become a stronger and improved athlete, but the hard work and commitment to this program is applicable to many things outside of sports.

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

As a student-athlete, I would pass along to my peers that becoming more of a committed athlete is an attainable goal for anyone because the process in doing so can be broken down to two simple and control-able principles: attitude and effort.

Congratulations, Jane and Alex!

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