Maylynn Mitchell Honored as Big West Conference Scholar-Athlete for 2015. Cal State Northridge
Strickland is on 1st Team All American Womens College Volleyball and also Wins 2015 Senior CLASS Award
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Husky senior libero Cassie Strickland has won one of the most prestigious awards in college sports, as she has been named the 2015 Senior CLASS Award® winner in NCAA Division I women’s volleyball. The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I volleyball coaches, national volleyball media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I volleyball. The Senior CLASS Award is given out in 10 different Division I sports, and Strickland is the first Husky to win the honor in any sport.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, community, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. A model student-athlete both on and off the volleyball court, Strickland is a three-time Academic All-Pac 12 honoree who earned 2014 Pac 12 Libero of the Year honors in just her first season in the position before going on to earn AVCA All-America honors as a senior.
“I’m extremely honored to receive this award,” said Strickland, a four-year starter for the Huskies. “Being a student-athlete is one of the hardest balancing acts out there. Here at the University of Washington I learned how to balance my school, sport and social life with help from my coaches and teammates, and from the demands that my schedule placed on me. The networking I was exposed to here with academic advisors and alumni gave me incentive to strive to be the best I could be in all aspects of my life.”
After starting at outside hitter for her first two seasons, Strickland switched to libero in 2014 as a junior and made an immediate impact, becoming one of the top liberos in the country. This season, along with her AVCA All-America honors, Strickland was named to the All-Pacific North Region and All-Pac 12 teams while also setting the school record for sets played (462) and helping her team to a share of the Pac 12 Title. As part of the winningest class in Husky volleyball history, Strickland also led her team to 117 victories in her career, including those earned in UW’s trip to the 2013 Final Four and this year’s Elite Eight.
“I can’t even count how many people come up to me and tell me that Cassie is their hero,” said Head Coach Keegan Cook. “Hundreds of young women look up to Cassie, and having a player like her for an inspiration can make a huge difference in an athlete’s life. Cassie has a unique combination of passion, humility and focus in every phase of her life, and I’m excited to see where she goes from here. I expect her to continue to lead in her community, her family and her chosen profession.”
Also a standout in the classroom, Strickland has maintained a 3.21 GPA entering her senior year. As an anthropology major, she demonstrated her commitment to her future career by participating in a study abroad trip to Tahiti to study the effects of colonization on communities. While there, she also taught at volleyball and basketball clinics, and she one day hopes to use her experience in her father’s homeland of Samoa by using athletics to empower the country’s native children.
“One of the biggest lessons I'm going to take with me from my experience here is appreciating what life gives you,” said Strickland, the first student-athlete from the University of Washington to win a Senior CLASS Award. “Sometimes as student-athletes we allow ourselves to expect to be treated to things instead of appreciating what we are being given. Because of the people I am surrounded by here, I am reminded to be thankful for everything I have, and, in turn, it makes me want to give back in any way that I can to my family, friends, and community.”
Known by teammates and coaches as a fearless player with endless energy, Strickland models her strength of character by being a positive, encouraging teammate and caring for others on her campus and in her community. In addition to athletics and academics, Strickland makes community outreach a priority by participating in local Coins for Kids fundraisers and community clean-up projects.
“On behalf of everyone associated with the Senior CLASS Award, we congratulate Cassie on being selected as this year’s winner for women’s volleyball,” said Erik Miner, executive director for the Senior CLASS Award. “She has modeled excellence and perseverance on and off the court, and her desire to make a positive impact on others makes her a wonderful model for others to follow.”
For more information, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
Morgan Bergren, Kentucky
Jordan Burgess, Stanford
Paige Neuenfeldt, North Carolina
Amanda Orchard, Pittsburgh
Cassie Strickland, Washington
Kierra Holst, Oklahoma
Molly McCage, Texas
Taylor Morey, Wisconsin
Shelby Sullivan, Texas A&M
Nicole Walch, Florida State
Samoan Softball player is named Big West Player of the week as CSU Northridge starts strong in 2015
By Liz Mitchell
Junior third baseman Maylynn Mitchell was selected as the Big West Player of the Week following a strong weekend at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, AZ.
Mitchell went on a tear, collecting seven base hits in 14 at-bats, three runs, and seven RBIs over five games, including a career high three RBIs in the Matador’s win over #16 Arizona State.
The Matadors (4-1) jumped out to their best start since 2005. Mitchell picked up her first hit of the season In the Matador’s 4-3 win over the Wisconsin Badgers (1-4) on Feb 6th. She added another hit and her first RBI of the year later that same day in their win against Stanford (4-2).
Mitchell’s hot bat continued into the next day’s game against the University of New Mexico (3-2) where her two hits and two RBI led the squad to a 5-1 victory. The third baseman’s fourth RBI of the tournament came in her squad’s 3-2 loss to regional opponent Fresno State (4-1)on the same day.
Mitchell and Co. will attempt to keep the hits coming when they travel to Las Vegas for the Wilson/DeMarini Desert Classic kicking off on Feb. 13.
Maylynn Mitchell from Seattle, WA has been and has been attending the California State University of Northridge on a full ride scholarship since 2012. She graduated from Mount Rainier in 2012 in Seattle Wa. before moving to California to go to school at Cal State University Northridge.
In her own words, "I've been playing softball for 7 years now. I'm currently getting my bachelor's degree in Public Health and will begin my Masters in Public Administration starting in spring 2016. My future goal is to become a hospital administrator." She continues, "My freshman year at Northridge (2013 softball season) I earned the All Big West Honorable Mention honors and Rookie of the Year for my team."
During her Sophomore year she earned Field Player Of The Year. This is her Junior year on the team and it is off to a great start being 4-1(beating two Pac12 teams Standford and ASU) in the Kajikawa Classic hosted by Arizona State. After the first tournament of the season she earned Big West Field Player Of The Week. They had their second tournament in Las Vegas last weekend at the Wilson/DeMarini Desert Classic.
The Matadors did well in the tournament and CSUN is now on a 8-2 record to start the year which is their best start since the 1996 season.
Lofa Tatupu hired as Seahawks Assistamt Coach Defensive coordinator also hired
By Associated Press
RENTON, Wash. (AP) —
The Seattle Seahawks stayed in-house to fill the biggest vacancy on their coaching staff.
The Seahawks promoted Kris Richard on Monday to defensive coordinator, replacing Dan Quinn who took over as head coach in Atlanta.
Richard seemed the likely candidate to replace Quinn and it became even more apparent he was Seattle's choice after Ken Norton Jr. left the Seahawks defensive staff last week to become the defensive coordinator in Oakland.
Richard has been with the Seahawks since Pete Carroll's arrival as head coach in 2010, first as an assistant defensive backs coach. Since 2012, Richard has been the head defensive backs coach, helping develop the "Legion of Boom" secondary featuring All-Pros Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman, and safety Kam Chancellor.
Richard, 35, spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Southern Cal on Carroll's staff before following him to Seattle. Prior to the Super Bowl, Richard said his goal was to one day become a head coach in the NFL. The previous two Seattle defensive coordinators — Quinn and Gus Bradley — have both landed jobs as head coaches.
"Ultimately it would be awesome to be a head coach in this league. Because that's as far as you can take it," Richard said on Jan. 21. "There is nothing beyond the NFL, so in theory when you get here, you're on the downside. There is nowhere else to go. That's so far away, but ultimately, that's the ultimate goal. Fortunately I'm able to be here right now."
The promotion of Richard was just part of the coaching changes the Seahawks announced.
Micheal Barrow was hired as the Seahawks new linebackers coach to replace Norton. Barrow played 13 seasons in the NFL with Houston, Carolina, the New York Giants, Washington and Dallas before retiring after the 2005 season. For the past eight seasons, Barrow was the linebackers coach at the University of Miami.
Also coming from Miami is Carroll's oldest son, Brennan, after spending four seasons with the Hurricanes. Carroll was Miami's national recruiting coordinator and most recently wide receivers coach. He will be an assistant offensive line coach in Seattle and join his brother Nate on the Seahawks staff. Nate Carroll was an assistant wide receivers coach this season.
The Seahawks also hired Lofa Tatupu as an assistant linebackers coach. Tatupu spent six seasons with the Seahawks as the starting middle linebacker, including Carroll's first season in Seattle in 2010. Tatupu also played for Carroll at USC. Tatupu attempted a comeback with Atlanta in 2012 that was cut short by injuries.
WSU prospect Fotu Leiato II has an impressively violent highlight video
Watch one man lay waste to all of South Tacoma
Recruiting -- or, more affectionately, 'crootin -- is about all college football fans have during the doldrums of the off-season. With the WSU season ending Saturday on a low note, we're here to start the offseason on a high note.
It can be fun, and sometimes useful, to use highlight videos (through services such as Hudl) to evaluate prospects, see how they might fit in on the roster or project where they could play. Let's just forget all that and watch this guy wreck house.
Fotu Leiato II plays at Steilacoom High in Steilacoom, Washington. He was just offered a scholarship by WSU. Never mind that it's 2A, and the dudes he's playing against are probably going pro in something other than sports. Or that he's "undersized" for a linebacker at 6-foot and 200 pounds. Never mind that too. Or that his other offers are Wyoming, Idaho, Eastern and the Montana schools. That doesn't matter either.
This is one of the most violent, aggressive, borderline reckless, awesome highlight reels I have ever seen.
You can't help but think of a young Troy Polamalu watching him - maybe it's a little bit the hair - and maybe it's watching him reduce a backfield to utter chaos right at the snap, run dudes down that had 10 yard head starts, de-cleat multiple players on a single play, and generally play at 150 mph.
Fotu gets full-tilt and just runs straight through every opponent unlucky enough to have decided to play football this season and foolish enough to not deploy evasive maneuvers immediately when he has his sights set.
I don't care what any of the recruiting services rate him, or how many offers he has and from where. I want to see this kid in Crimson.
Be careful, this could be NSFW.