Yeisley, Hodge Named 2010 Penn State Student-Athletes
Jason Yeisley and Megan Hodge have been named the 2010 Penn State Male and Female Student Athletes of the Year, and neither of their coaches are surprised.
The awards were announced Tuesday afternoon after GoPSUsports.com released two videos (seen below) of the athletes and their accomplishments.
Hodge, who graduated in the spring, played for Penn State’s women’s volleyball her entire college career and was an American Volleyball Coaches Association First-Team All-Time American all four years.
She’s also received the 2010 Honda Sports Award for volleyball, the 2006 and 2009 Big Ten Player of the Year, and the 2009 College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-American of the Year.
Penn State Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Russ Rose said Hodge’s leadership and consistent dedication to the game helped her lead the team to the NCAA championships three years in a row.
“She’s had a fabulous career at Penn State,” Rose said. “It’s a great honor just to be nominated here. You’re representing the sport. You’re representing Penn State.”
Rose said since graduation, Hodge has been traveling the world and playing for the U.S. National Women’s Volleyball team.
Yeisley, also a spring graduate, amassed his own collection of awards during his time playing for Penn State’s Men’s Soccer team. In his senior year, while serving as team captain for a third time and coming off a knee injury that cost him the 2008 season, Yeisley totaled eight goals, five assists and 21 points, a record that awarded him the 2009 Big Ten Offensive Player of the year.
“He’s a hard worker, a good kid all around. You can’t ask for anything more than that,” Assistant Coach Isang Jacob said. “The best line to use about the whole process is ‘a good thing happening to a good kid.’ ”
Yeisley has since begun playing for Major League Soccer with FC Dallas. Isang said he is currently taking a break and enjoying the 2010 World Cup.