March 30, 2001
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Santa Clara University senior student-athletes Brian Jones and Rachel Weber were selected by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as All-American Athletes for 2001. Steve Schulz, the strength and conditioning coach at Santa Clara, nominated the pair for their dedication to strength training and conditioning.
Jones, a three-time all-West Coast Conference men's basketball player, overcame a devastating knee injury sustained in 1998. He suffered a dislocated knee cap and bone tissue damage in a summer league basketball game and redshirted that season for rehabilitation. He returned to form in 1999 and evenutally became the first Division I college player in the state of California to record over 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists in a career.
"Brian Jones is a tough minded and fierce competitor who hates losing and never gives in," said Schulz. "His determination to come back from his injury and become one of the top point guards in the nation is reflected in his work ethic. Whether it is in the weight room, on the basketball court or in the classroom, Brian has always given his best effort"
Weber, an Academic All-American and team co-captain, helped lead the Bronco women's team to three College Cup appearances in her four years at Santa Clara. A native of Longmont, Colo., she played in 91 matches in her career at Santa Clara after a high school career that included earning NSCAA All-America honors.
"Rachel Weber is an extremely focused and intelligent student-athlete," said Schulz. "She is a very dedicated and tremendous individual who works hard to sustain a very high level of excellence. She has been an outstanding leader both in the community and on campus."
The 2001 All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes are recognized for their athletic accomplishments, academic and personal achievements, community involvement and leadership qualities. This year, 173 athletes from 74 college and universities from across the country in 26 competitive sport categories were acknowledged for their enthusiasm and hard work.
The NSCA All-American athlete of the year award program is in its 18th year and is made possible by a grant from Power Systems, Inc., a Knoxville, Tenn. fitness product leader.