COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. 6/15/11 – The national Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) recently awarded Keene State College’s Tyler DiPrato (Suffield, Conn.) and Samantha Datti (Durham, N.H.) with its annual All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year award – recognizing the student athletes dedication to strength training and conditioning.
This year, the NSCA awarded 247 collegiate and high school athletes from 96 schools with this esteemed award. DiPrato, a member of the KSC baseball team and Datti, a member of the Owl women’s volleyball squad, were selected by KSC strength and conditioning coach Sarah Testo.
“Tyler has worked hard since he stepped foot on campus four years ago. He does what is asked of him and gives 100%. He has improved his strength, power, speed and agility tremendously since his freshman year. He has not only excelled with his offensive statistics, but he has lead by example. His willingness to adapt to positional changes has made him an important member of the Keene State baseball team.”
“Samantha is a motivated athlete who trained hard this summer to have a successful senior year. Her numbers increased every year and she always led by example in the weight room. Her hard work definitely paid off as she helped the volleyball team win its first ECAC New England championship this fall.”
The Owls’ starting catcher, Diprato completed his career by setting a KSC record with 77 hits in a season to go along with his impressive .430 batting average.
Known as the “Little General” on the Owl women’s volleyball team, Datti developed into one of the team’s top defensive players. This past season, the dedicated defensive specialist/libero finished third on the team in digs (352), while also being a highly effective server.