An Independent School • Grades 5-12
November Committed Athletes: Anna K. '20 and Danny T. '19
November Committed Athletes: Anna K. '20 and Danny T. '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 Anna K. '20 and Danny T. '19 as Lakeside committed athletes.

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

"It is with great pleasure to recognize both Danny and Anna.  Both have high motivation and discipline to excel and do the work in the weight room that will help them reach the  high goals they have set for themselves in their Lakeside sport’s.  They are excellent representatives of 'The Committed Athlete.'"


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

Anna K.

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

To me, a committed athlete is someone who never gives up even when things get hard. I view committed athletes as people who aren't afraid to stay after practice or do one extra sprint. I try everyday to be this person because I know it will make me better and inspire my teammates.

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

I definitely think the Lakeside strength program has helped me. Even my conditioning coach for my club lacrosse team mentioned to me how much stronger I look while I sprint. I have benefited from the program in so many ways, from push-ups to pull-ups, I think I have improved in every category over my three years in the weight room.

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

My advice for my peers is to not be afraid to get everyone else motivated. I know it is hard to get yourself to run or do a hard workout, but once you do it, people will start to follow and that will make you better as a team.

Danny T.

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

A committed athlete is someone who honors their commitment and spends that time well, while also going above and beyond by training outside of scheduled sessions.

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

In a sport which requires speed, strength, and stability in its movements, training at Lakeside has provided me with the tools that give me a significant edge over the competition.

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

The most important part of being a committed athlete is dedicating yourself to train on the days where you are dreading it.

Congratulations, Anna and Danny!

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