Province and Hoffman named Strength & Conditioning All-Americans

Valesha Province (left), Colleen Hoffman (right)
Valesha Province (left), Colleen Hoffman (right)

GRANVILLE, Ohio--  A pair of Denison University student-athletes have been named to the National Strength and Conditioning Association All-American team.  Seniors Valesha Province and Colleen Hoffman were honored by the NSCA for their accomplishments on the field and their dedication to strength and conditioning.  Province was one of 16 women's basketball players selected and Hoffman was one of 27 softball players to achieve this honor across all levels of collegiate athletics.

Nominated by Denison Director of Sports Performance, Beau Scott, Province and Hoffman's determination to improve in athletics while maintaining academic prominence is an outstanding model for all Denison student-athletes.

We are proud to have Beau Scott join the NSCA in its mission to safely improve athletic performance," said NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield. "Supporting our student-athletes guarantees a stronger future for the NSCA.

As a senior, Province started all 27 games for the Big Red women's basketball team, averaging a career-high 10.6 ppg. During her senior season, she was named to the All-North Coast Athletic Conference second team. A four-year rotation player, Province averaged 6.9 ppg. while shooting 81% from the free throw line. She has also been a student worker in the weight room for the past three years. She completed a summer internship at Coastal Carolina University, working as a strength and conditioning coach. Over the course of her career in the weight room she has increased her squat max from 125 to 195 lbs, her pull up total from 3 to 15, and her vertical jump nearly two inches. Province is a Health, Exercise, and Sport Studies major, with a minor in Biology. She is pursuing a career in the strength and conditioning field.

Also, a senior on the Denison softball team, Hoffman was named to the All-North Coast Athletic Conference second team as a junior with 15 starts with a 9-4 record and a 3.12 ERA. She fired a no-hitter with six strikeouts against Hiram College in 2018. Hoffman also hit .324 at the plate with a .316 on-base percentage as a junior. She is an economics major with a minor in Spanish. In addition to her accomplishments on the field, Hoffman has been a student worker in the weight room for the past three years. Over the course of her career she has increased her squat max from 200 to 285 lbs, her bench press max from 120 to 185 lbs, her hang clean max from 110 to 165 lbs, her pull up max from 3 to 10 and added two inches on her vertical jump.

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is an international nonprofit professional association founded in 1978 and is dedicated to advancing the strength and conditioning profession around the world. The NSCA advances the profession by supporting strength and conditioning professionals devoted to helping others discover and maximize their strengths. The organization disseminates research-based knowledge and its practical application by offering industry-leading certifications, research journals, career development services, and continuing education opportunities. The NSCA community is composed of more than 45,000 members and certified professionals who further industry standards as researchers, educators, strength coaches, personal trainers, and other roles in related fields.