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Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:04/17/2009
Courtesy: JMUSports.com

By Maggie McConnell ‘09


            When asked what stands out most about sophomore Lindsay Callahan, Assistant Volleyball Coach Brian Grimes stated, “coming out of high school she had a fire which is now turning her into a true leader.”

            Twenty-year-old Lindsay, originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia has found a new home here as a scholarship athlete at James Madison University.  When choosing where to attend college in the fall of 2008, Lindsay had a tough decision between Georgetown, Boston College, American, Villanova, and JMU.  “It took a really long time to decide” she said, but “I felt really wanted here.” 

            Overall, Lindsay feels that her transition from high school to college was an easy one.  The easiest thing for her to adapt to was her newfound “freedom and independence,” whereas the hardest was “coming from being on the top (high school senior) and going to the bottom (college freshman).”  As a Media Arts and Design Major, Lindsay has quickly discovered the importance of making smart scheduling decisions in order to be successful in both academics and athletics.  She feels that she can attribute much of her academic success to the JMU staff for “they offer good help through tutors and the study room... they give you things to succeed as an athlete.” 

            While the JMU staff has helped her succeed academically, her coaches have helped her excel athletically.  Impressively, as a freshman Lindsay was chosen to be on the CAA all rookie team.  Assistant Coach Brian Grimes stated, “She’s always ready to take care of business.”  When asked what she thinks she contributes to the team, Lindsay said, “I contribute energy and I get things done.  I am the go-to player in tough situations.”  As a strong offensive player and powerful hitter, Lindsay has become a welcome addition to the women’s volleyball team.  When asked who she looks up to most on the team she said, “Lauren Fanelli, because she is usually in control and does a good job with maintaining consistency on and off the court.” 

            When she is not on the court, in the weight room, or doing homework, Lindsay enjoys spending time with her friends and eating with her teammates at D-Hall on campus.  Through maintaining an effective balance between work and play, Lindsay has adapted well to life here at James Madison University.  Coach Disa Garner believes that Lindsay is an athlete who “will be making a significant impact on our team and will provide great leadership along the way.”  Some may believe that this would be a lot to live up to but, with a “never give up” attitude Lindsay aims to be the best at her sport as she can be and one day lead her team to the CAA Championships.


Note: Maggie McConnell is a senior practicum student in the JMU Sports Media Relations Office.  She is an English major with a minor in sports communications.


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