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