Pair of Peru State Bobcats earn National Strength and Conditioning Association Athletes of the Year

PERU – Peru State junior volleyball player Kira Shapiro (Omaha) and former football player Andrew Shackelford (Parrish, Fla.) have been recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year.

The NSCA recognizes those collegiate and high school athletes, whose athletic accomplishments, in the opinion of their strength coach, reflect their dedication to strength training and conditioning. These athletes are also recognized for their academic and personal accomplishments and they integrity as student-athletes.

7901Over 500 All-American Athletes of the Year for the 2017-18 academic year have been honored representing over 230 schools. Shapiro’s and Shackelford’s respective coaches made the recommendations which allowed Dr. Kyle Ryan, professor of health, physical education, and recreation, to make the nominations.

Ryan’s nomination of Shapiro reads as follows: A two-year starter at Peru State College where she majors in kinesiology with a psychology minor, Kira was a 2016 and 2017 Omaha World-Herald All-NAIA Honorable Mention as well as a 2017 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete. For the 2017 competitive season, Kira was sixth in the Heart of America conference with 383 total kills, eighth with a .243 hitting percentage, and finished 12thaverage 2.7 kills per set. Additionally, Kira tied for 13th 101 total blocks and was 19th overall averaging 0.7 blocks per set. Academically, Kira currently maintains a 3.925 grade point average and has been named to the Dean’s List for three consecutive years.8006Shackelford’s nomination read: Andrew Shackelford is currently a senior at Peru State College majoring in kinesiology. This past season, he started at defensive end at 5-11 and weighing 225 pounds. In pre-season testing, he recorded a 470-pound squat, a 340-pound bench press, a 31-inch vertical jump, and a 4.37 second pro agility time. Academically, Andrew is on the dean’s list and maintains a 3.5 grade point average. Andrew currently interns with the strength and conditioning staff at Peru State College and desires to enter the field of strength and conditioning.

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