Athlete of the Week: Zach Statham

February 24, 2009

This article is originally from KSU Sentinel.

By The Sentinel

This week, The Sentinel selected Men’s Lacrosse Team Captain and President Zach Statham as its Athlete of the Week.

Statham is a key defensive player for the Owls and has helped lead them to a 6-0 start following a 5-8 record last season.

The Statham-anchored defense allows an average of three goals per game, while the offense scores more than 18 points per game.

“Our practices have had a lot more intensity,” said Statham. “Winning has really helped motivate the team to work hard.”

The soft-spoken Statham did not want to make predictions on the team’s future but said that an undefeated season was “definitely a possibility.”

Those that know him say that Statham is an outstanding student, leader and athlete, especially in regard to building consensus among his colleagues.

In addition to being the lacrosse club president, Statham was elected by his peers as chairman for the entire club sports organization.

He earned the “Coaches Award of Excellence” following the 2007 season, and he also earned second team honors in the Southeastern Lacrosse Conference. Statham was also KSU’s first Academic All-American and his near-perfect GPA earned him the Scholar Athlete Award.

Q: Who is your sports role model?
A: Tom Glavine
Q: What is your major? What do you want to do after college?
A: Finance; get my CFA
Q: What is your favorite sport besides lacrosse?
A: Golf
Q: Are there any other athletes in your family?
A: My little sister plays goalie in high school lacrosse.
Q: Tell me something about yourself that others may not know.
A: I am a big Harry Potter fan. I usually go to Wal-Mart and get the book on the day that it comes out.