FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Bridger Rodoni of the football team and Cassidy McLean of the soccer team are featured in Lumberjack Academics' monthly student-athlete spotlight for the month of December.
Rodoni, a redshirt freshman on the football team came to NAU from Gilbert, Ariz. A 4.0 GPA student and valedictorian in high school, Rodoni continues to excel academically as he pursues a degree in Biomedical Sciences with a Chemistry minor. Rodoni is a constant source of support and encouragement for his teammates and the tight end also tutors athletes weekly as an employee in the Student Learning Center. He not only excels on-campus in undergraduate research for Dr. Traustadóttir in Exercise Physiology, but is also an officer for the Undergraduate Research Council. The sophomore plans on graduating in three years.
“Bridger is a 4.0 student that is pre-med and is huge part of our Lumberjack Academics," said Stephanie Hamilton, NAU’s Academic Coordinator overseeing NAU Football. “Not only is he part of the football team, he is interning with research, a tutor for student-athletes, and gives back to the community. He even works with teammates at home to assist in their understanding of the hard sciences. Bridger is a true NAU student-athlete leader. His leadership extends to everything he does and sets an excellent tone for his peers.”
McLean has been a member of the 2014 Big Sky Champion soccer team for the past three seasons. The native of Henderson, Nev. came to NAU with numerous accolades on the field as a forward. The junior is pursuing a major in Advertising and is also an avid photographer. As a result of repeated ACL injuries, McLean has not been able to compete during a fall season, but nonetheless has been an integral member of the soccer team for the last two and a half years. She acts as the communication officer for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), a student run organization that discusses student-athlete issues, plans community service projects and serves as a collective voice for Lumberjack Athletics. McLean also is active in the local Flagstaff community. She volunteers at the children’s ministry at her church and is a volunteer leader for Flagstaff High School Young Life.
“Every coach needs a Cassidy McLean in their program and we have been very fortunate to have her,” said head soccer coach Andre Luciano. “Cassidy is the type of person that makes you personally want to be better and to reach out and do more as an individual and is the role model for what every NCAA Student-Athlete should be.