FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Diane Buzzard of the soccer team and Austin Hasquet of the football team are featured in Lumberjack Academics' monthly student-athlete spotlight for the month of September.
Buzzard, a senior from Flagstaff, Ariz., is a civil engineering major. Throughout her career, Buzzard has been a key member of the Lumberjack backline starting 47 matches in the last three seasons, including all four matches this season so far. She has been a starter for the Lumberjacks since midway through her freshman year and last year was named All-Big Sky Honorable Mention as well as NSCAA Women's Scholar All-West Region Honorable Mention. She has been one of the top student-athletes through her first three years and has been recognized not only by the university and the athletic department – she is a three-time Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete Award winner and a consistent member of the Athletic Director Honor Roll – but outside the university. Buzzard is a three-time All-Academic selection by the Big Sky Conference and in 2012, she was named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District 8 First Team. This past summer, she completed a prestigious internship with Jacobs Engineering in Colorado as a member of their roadways and drainage department. Over her career she has completed 69 hours of community service.
"Diane epitomizes what we want in an NAU student-athlete," said head soccer coach Andre Luciano. "Not only is she successful on the field starting 43 games in her career (before this season), but she is also an exceptional student and citizen in Flagstaff. Diane excels in the classroom majoring in engineering and is a three-time Big Sky All-Academic selection. She has been a positive role model in the community giving her time to organizations like the Special Olympics. I could not be more proud of the effort she puts forth on the field and in the classroom."
Hasquet, a senior from Peoria, Ariz., is majoring in biomedical science with a minor in chemistry. Last season, Hasquet enjoyed a tremendous season on the field as he led the team in tackles with 91 and was also credited with one sack in addition to three interceptions. For his efforts, he was named to the All-Big Sky Third Team and the College Sports Madness Big Sky All-Conference Third Team. In the team's 2014 season opener against San Diego State, Hasquet, the team's Defensive Outstanding Junior of the Year last year, recorded eight tackles. But his achievements stretch into the classroom where he became the 10th NAU student-athlete to be named a CoSIDA Academic First Team All-American after he was named an Academic First Team All-District 8 selection by CoSIDA in 2013. A three-time Big Sky All-Academic selection and Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete Award winner, Hasquet won "The Lumberjack" award last season, recognizing the best all-around male student-athlete, a title fitting due to his numerous contributions on the field, in the classroom and in the community where he has completed over 50 hours of service the last three years.
"I think I could go on forever about how proud we all are of Austin," said head football coach Jerome Souers. "Not only because of the football player he has become, but ultimately because of the person he is. He exemplifies the best of NAU Athletics and is the true definition of an outstanding student-athlete. The best part is that he's worked his tail off for everything he's ever received. You'll never hear him talk about it, he leads by example, and what an example he sets for the rest of our program."