COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M rising senior Emily Albus is one of just 20 athletes nationwide to win a 2013 Hammer Strength All American Athlete Award, the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) announced today.
The Hammer Strength All American Athlete Award was created to recognize the most outstanding college athletes who exemplify the best of what it takes, on and off the field, to become an elite athlete. To be considered for this award, athletes are characterized by intensity, consistency of purpose, achievement, and teamwork.
“I have coached Emily for going on 3 years and she is one of the most well-rounded, versatile athletes I have seen in my 17 year career,” Texas A&M Softball Strength & Conditioning Coach Raychelle Ellsworth said. “She is a captain of the nationally ranked Texas A&M softball team and her arm strength and accuracy makes her one of the most feared outfielders in the country while her speed makes her a threat on the base paths. Her consistent improvements year after year both in the weight room, on the track, and on the field are a testament to her work ethic and consistency and provide a great example of how a sound strength & conditioning program can make good athletes great. ”
Albus (Brenham, Texas) holds four of the softball program’s six records in the weight room – 20-yard dash (2.51), standing vertical jump (25.4”), 20-yard shuttle (4.43) and 40-yard dash (4.82), and ranks second in squat with 280 lbs. In her three years at A&M, Albus has finished first in total off-season testing and can squat 180 percent of her bodyweight, bench 90 percent and deadlift 205 percent.
The Aggies’ speedy centerfielder already ranks among the top 10 A&M players in career stolen bases, despite having a year of eligibility left. The soon-to-be senior swiped a career-high 17 bags this season and used her powerful throwing arm to contribute 10 outfield assists. The lefty slapper is hitting over .350 on her career, as she has mastered the short game at the plate. Albus hit 17 bunt singles in 2013 and contributed six sacrifice hits for a .708 average when bunting. She owns 54 bunt hits on her three-year career and was voted a 2014 team captain by her peers.
“[Emily] has been an inspirational leader both on and off the field,” Head Coach Jo Evans said. “She has the courage to say the hard things; to stand up for what is right. She exemplifies the core values of Texas A&M University - Excellence, Leadership, Selfless Service, Integrity, Loyalty, and Respect. Emily has a passion for excellence and competition. She loves her sport and she also embraces the work and commitment and dedication it takes to excel at the highest level. She leads by example. She speaks up when compelled, when it’s necessary, and at all other times leads by doing the right thing for her teammates, coaches and program.
“Emily is a delight to coach. She is bright, self-deprecating, funny, wise, emotionally intelligent, and accepting of different personalities and backgrounds. Emily has the uncanny ability to be able to brush things off, sometimes laugh them off, and get right back in the heat of a battle and compete with the intensity of a true champion. The best thing I could say about Emily is she makes the people around her better - her coaches, teammates, trainers, you name it. She is a tremendous person, athlete, competitor, and leader.”
Albus and the Aggies ended the 2013 season in the NCAA Tournament for the 24th time, advancing to the Super Regional level for just the fifth time in program history and reaching the 40-win mark for the eighth time with Evans at the helm. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.