April 18, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Redshirt senior John Tholen of the No. 11 Ohio State men’s volleyball team was honored by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and was named to its annual All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year list, the organization announced.
The award recognizes the dedication to strength training and conditioning. Tholen was among 229 collegiate and high school athletes from 98 schools honored with the award.
"John is a true example of a leader," Andy Britton, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, said. "He leads by example in the weight room and makes everybody better by being present. His work ethic and dedication is what you want every athlete to possess. John truly deserves this award and I am privileged to have had the opportunity to train him his entire athletic career."
Tholen recently earned the second MIVA All-Conference honor his career, being named the league's second team Wednesday. The middle blocker from Hilliard, Ohio, averaged .89 blocks per set and finished with 76 on the season for second on the squad. He finished with a 1.74 kills average and had a team-best .478 hitting percentage.