An Independent School • Grades 5-12
November 2022 Committed Athletes: Jerry C. '23 and Audrey D. '24

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.

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 Jerry C. '23 and Audrey D. '24 as Lakeside committed athletes.

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

"Jerry and Audrey represent everything the Committed Athlete recognition looks for from Lakesides athletes committed to its strength and conditioning program. Both are highly motivated to learn, grow, and take advantage of their opportunities and commitment. They buy into the training process and all that can be gained over a very long time, and I have really enjoyed witnessing their total growth and development as student-athletes."

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

Jerry C.:

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

A committed athlete is a smart athlete. Someone who not only is willing to put in the work, but also knows how to get the most out of it.

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

The strength and conditioning program has given me more confidence in myself, as I constantly surprise myself with what I can do. I’ve also built so many rewarding relationships with peers that have extended outside of the gym.

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

Don’t give yourself the option of not showing up and not pushing yourself. Once you do it once, it’ll happen again; stay consistent.

Audrey D.:

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

A committed athlete is someone who enjoys the training process. It is someone who pushes themselves to their goals and continues to pursue success even if they fail to meet those goals. The more I've failed, the more I have seen improvement in my goals during my time at Lakeside. A committed athlete also knows the value of a routine. I wake up close to the same time every morning and go to bed at the same time every night. I understand what my priorities are, which allows me to thrive as a student athlete.

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

From Lakeside’s strength and conditioning program, I’ve learned humility. I love the strength and conditioning program because I know that I can learn from every person in the room, especially from Coach Huegli and Coach Erica.

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

First, a committed student-athlete needs to know what their body needs so they can excel in their sport. I’ve learned the importance of adjusting my workout to benefit my needs. If I need to stretch for an extra five minutes, or focus on one area of my workout, I will adjust my workout accordingly. In addition, a committed athlete needs to set goals for themself. Make goals for your weekly trainings in the weight room and set goals for the future. My final pieces of advice are to remember not to compare yourself to others and to celebrate failure. In the end you will either gain success or humility to try harder; both are a win.

Congratulations, Jerry and Audrey!

Follow Lakeside's strength and conditioning program on Twitter at @LakesideLionsSC.