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Ryan McQuillan and Claire Hoffman named December Student-Athletes of the Month

December 27, 2019

By: Taylor Browne and Garrett Osterode/GCU Staff

There is a leader behind every athlete.

Ryan McQuillan of GCU Running Club and Claire Hoffman of GCU Club Golf are the GCU Club Sports December Student-Athletes of the Month for their impact as leaders as part of their respective club sports. Both students are engrained in the importance of success of GCU Club Sports, and have each found ways to stand out among the rest. 

Ryan McQuillan: Running Club  

The finish line isn’t the only thing Lopes’ runner Ryan McQuillan is chasing after.

Grand Canyon University Running Club junior Ryan McQuillan has left a big impression on his team and his peers. McQuillan has ran several races with the Lopes and often places in the top three in his age group.

McQuillan is not only one of GCU’s top runners in the program, but a leader in the classroom. McQuillan is pursuing his degree in Advertising and Graphic Design, and is also a part of the GCU Club Sports Leadership class.

“Being in the leadership class was another way to break me out of my shell,” said McQuillan. “At the end of the class, we do a presentation on our club. Since I am not the best public speaker, taking this step taught me how to be more confident in front of others.”

Being a part of the GCU Running Club has pushed him to become more than just a better athlete.

“Coming to GCU has changed the way I approach life and has broken me out my shell a bit more than I thought,” said McQuillan. “Whether it was the professors or the study sessions with new friends, there was always something I liked when being in class.”

Claire Hoffman: Club Golf

Not only has Claire Hoffman put her own stamp on her team’s culture, she is also being recognized nationally.

Hoffman, the president of the Grand Canyon University Club Golf team, has accepted a position as the women’s golf ambassador for the National Collegiate Club Golf Association (NCCGA) on the heels of her excellent work for the club over the past two years.

Not only is Hoffman committed to growing the sport amongst women across the country, the sophomore is passionate about creating cohesion within her team.

“The most fun aspect about GCU Club Golf is watching the culture grow,” Hoffman said.  “We challenge each other to get better every single day and have an opportunity to learn from each other.”

Having the club to lean on has been an important part of Hoffman’s tenure as a student at GCU.

“The opportunity to participate in club golf has added to my experience immensely,” said Hoffman.  “Club sports has given me so many opportunities to be there for people and to build so many connections.  It has allowed me to connect with people from different backgrounds and to continue playing the game I love.”

While the men’s side of the club has had notoriety for their outstanding play on the course, Hoffman has found ways to keep everyone interested and motivated. 

“We give back to the community as much as possible,” said Hoffman.  “We’ve done a few charity events as a club.  We had a fun Trackman event that allowed for us all to get a clearer picture of our swings, along with group outings at Topgolf.”