Youngstown State's Heidi Schlegel is one of 30 Division I women's basketball players in the country who has been selected as a candidate for the 2014-15 Senior CLASS Award for excelling both on and off the court.
Schlegel, a native of Wapakoneta, Ohio, is the first YSU women's basketball student-athlete to advance to the 30-candidate stage of the Senior CLASS Award. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
Schlegel is the only Horizon League women's basketball player and one of four from Ohio on the list.
Schlegel is averaging 15.4 points and 9.6 rebounds in helping Youngstown State to a 14-3 record, which is its best start in 18 years. A Preseason All-Horizon League selection, she ranks second in the conference in double-doubles, third in rebounding and seventh in scoring. She recently surpassed 1,400 career points and 650 career rebounds.
Off the court, Schlegel graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in middle childhood education, and she is working toward a master's degree in interdisciplinary communication. She has been very active in the Youngstown community, and she's been a leader and a catalyst during the program's rebirth.
The list of 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2015 NCAA Men's Final Four and NCAA Women's Final Four.