UConn's Kleinhans Named Big East Scholar-Athlete Of Year
Feb. 6, 2009
Courtesy of UConn
UConn Field Hockey All-America Jennifer Kleinhans Named BIG EAST Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Kleinhans becomes second UConn honoree and first since Leigh Curl in 1985
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (February 6, 2009) - University of Connecticut field hockey standout Jennifer Kleinhans (Mannheim, Germany) a three-time BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, has been chosen as the 2008-09 BIG EAST Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The selection was made by the Conference's Academic Affairs Committee.
A senior from Mannheim, Germany, Kleinhans will receive a $4,000 scholarship, which may be applied to graduate or professional studies. The Conference also announced the winners of the institutional 2008-09 BIG EAST Female Scholar-Athlete awards. Each institutional winner receives $2,000 toward graduate studies.
Kleinhans is one of the most decorated players in the history of BIG EAST field hockey. In addition to earning BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year honors in each of the last three seasons, she is a three-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association all-America selection. She was named to the NFHCA All-America First Team in 2006 and 2008 and was a second-team selection in 2007. Kleinhans also was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team four times.
Kleinhans led Connecticut to three BIG EAST tournament championships (2005, 2006, 2007), three BIG EAST regular-season titles (2005, 2007, 2008) and four NCAA tournament appearances, including back-to-back appearances in the national semifinals in her sophomore and junior seasons. She finished her career as Connecticut's all-time assists leader (24).
Kleinhans holds a 3.64 grade-point average as a biomedical engineering major. She is a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society and is a founding member of the Alpha Eta Mu Beta biomedical engineering honor society chapter at Connecticut.
In addition to her academic work, Kleinhans is a member of the Society of Women Engineers and served as a research intern at the National University of Singapore Nano Biomechanics Lab, where she researched mechanical properties of malaria-infected cells and breast cancer cells. She also has been a research intern at the University of Heidelberg Biomechanics and Implant Research Lab, where she performed mechanical simulator testing of hip and knee replacement systems and co-authored two peer-review papers.
BIG EAST Female Scholar-Athletes Of The Year
2009 Jennifer Kleinhans, Connecticut, Field Hockey
2008 Jillian Drouin, Syracuse, Track & Field
2007 Jessica Javelet, Louisville, Field Hockey
2006 Kelly Harrigan, Rutgers, Swimming & Diving
2005 Nicole Lee, Georgetown, Cross Country/Track & Field
2004 Vanessa Pruzinsky, Notre Dame, Soccer
2003 Erin McIntyre, Rutgers, Swimming & Diving
2002 Jarrah Myers, Notre Dame, Softball
2001 Ruth Riley, Notre Dame, Basketball
2000 Jenny Streiffer, Notre Dame, Soccer
1999 Gladys Ganiel, Providence, Cross Country/Track & Field
1998 Charity Wachera, West Virginia, Track & Field
1997 Jen Renola, Notre Dame, Soccer
1996 Najuma Fletcher, Pittsburgh, Track & Field
1995 Becky Spies, Villanova, Cross Cuntry/Track & Field
1994 Allison Williams, Pittsburgh, Track & Field
1993 Nnenna Lynch, Villanova, Track & Field
1992 Kelly Larkin, Syracuse, Field Hockey
1991 Cami White, Providence, Field Hockey
1990 Siobhan Gallagher, Providence, Track & Field
1989 Vicki Huber, Villanova, Track & Field
1988 Noreen Coughlin, Pittsburgh, Volleyball
1987 Karen Ferreria, Providence, Volleyball
1986 Joanne Keehs, Villanova, Track & Field
1985 Leigh Curl, Connecticut, Basketball