Kyle Walsh and Emma Perez Earn National S&C Awards
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Kyle Walsh and Emma Perez Earn National S&C Awards

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – VMI’s Kyle Walsh and Emma Perez each earned National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Athlete of the Year Awards late last week.

The awards recognize achievement in the development of improved athletic performance through strength and conditioning excellence.

Walsh, a senior defender on the Keydet men’s lacrosse team, recently was named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) South All-Star Team. This spring, he earned first-team All-Southern Conference honors for the second-straight season and he finished his career ranked second in the program record book with 253 career groundballs. He also finished second in the nation in caused turnovers per game with 3.23 per match.   

“Kyle is a hard-working and tough competitor and he lives these qualities on the field and in the way he trains,” said Dave Lawson, VMI’s Director of Sports Performance for Olympic Sports. “He is a great team leader that holds himself and his teammates to a high standard. His consistency with training and on field performance is remarkable considering the toughness of the sport combined the rigorous academic schedule here at VMI.”

Perez, a junior attack on VMI’s women’s water polo team, scored 25 goals with a team-high 41 assists for 66 points this spring. She ranked fourth on the team for points and tied for fourth in goals. Perez also added 18 steals

“Emma's hard work in the weight room and in daily practice separate her from the average student-athlete,” said Lawson. “She is a great leader by example with her focus, effort and ability to coach others and help them to improve. She is not only a student-athlete, but also serves the Corps as an Emergency Medical Technician during field training exercises.”