Date Posted:04/23/2008,  2:00PM

Belanger, Coyne Honored by NSCA

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College senior ice hockey players Katie Coyne (Madison, Wis.) and Sebastien Belanger (Deauville, Que.) have been named All-American Athletes by the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). Nominated by Bowdoin Strength & Conditioning coach Jim St. Pierre, the program recognized 239 student-athletes from 165 school across the country for their dedication to strength training and conditioning.

Coyne, a captain on the women's ice hockey team, played in 102 career games and scored 69 points on 37 goals and 32 assists. "Katie's dedication to our dry-land strength and conditioning program allowed her to make significant performance gains on and off the ice," according to St. Pierre. "She is a two-time captain, serving as a terrific leader and role model for her teammates. She is always positive and her work ethic can be seen in all aspects of her life."

Belanger was a captain of the men's ice hockey team and saw action in 92 games, scoring 14 goals and 22 assists in his career. "Sebastien's commitment to our dry-land strength and conditioning program is unwavering and sets a great example for his teammates," said St. Pierre. "He successfully balances the academic demands of the College and the athletic demands of a highly-competitive ice hockey program."

The NSCA All-American Athlete of the Year Award is in its 29th year. Executive Director Robert Jursnick adds, "The advantages of strength training and conditioning cannot be denied in collegiate athletics. These student-athletes attest to this understanding and are to be applauded for their hard work and dedication."