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College Sports

April 15, 2013

Athletics helped Bucknell standout keep his life on track


Beyond athletics

Upon arriving at Bucknell, Joseph immediately began to dominate. He placed third in the discus and fourth in the hammer throw during the Patriot League Outdoor Track & Field Championships in his freshman year. Originally recruited by Bucknell as a discus thrower, he was convinced by Bucknell’s assistant coach Bob Schanbacher to focus primarily on the hammer.

Schanbacher has turned out to be another role model from whom Joseph has learned much. In addition to the coaching aspect, Schanbacher has helped Joseph away from competition as well.

“When I got to Bucknell I noticed he liked to develop his athletes beyond the skills needed to compete,” Joseph remembers. “He wanted to take care of me and teach me things that I could not learn at home that extend beyond academia and athletics.”

Schanbacher, however, believes that Joseph’s growth off and on the field comes from his own determination.

“Lenny is an athlete that has had extremely high goals from the start,” Schanbacher said. “He is very driven to accomplish things, and he is able to focus very intently on what he does. He is the same way academically as well.”

Joseph has been a consistent member of Bucknell’s Dean’s List and Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. From 2011-12, he was member of the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team.

Joseph’s skill set has allowed Schanbacher to help teach and mold Joseph into one of the strongest throwers in Bucknell history.

Joseph has become a physical specimen, something Schanbacher believes is necessary in order to compete in the hammer throw. But in an event that requires precise timing and extreme repetition, it is Joseph’s commitment to detail and technique that sets him apart.

“He takes the information you give him and is able to put it into motion language faster than anyone,” Schanbacher explains. “He is more adaptable than most.”

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