Indianapolis, Ind. (7/27/16) - NCAA conferences and independent schools have nominated 142 female student-athletes for the 2016 Woman of the Year Award.
These women, selected from a record 517 school nominees, represent college athletes from 17 different sports spanning all three NCAA divisions. Of those recognized, 54 nominees competed in Division I, 37 in Division II and 51 in Division III.
The New Jersey Athletic Conference has selected former Cougar Marissa Robinson as their nominee. Off the field Robinson is a representative on the NCAA Division III SAAC Committee, NJAC SAAC Co-President, Kean SAAC Co-President, and Kean Leadership Council. She was selected as a four-year member of the NFHCA National Academic Squad and Scholar of Distinction Squad, and was inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma and Psi Chi honor societies. Most recently selected as a CoSIDA Academic All-American selection. She was also tabbed the Kean Woman of the Year-NJAIAW and most recently the Kean Female D'Angola Award Winner.
On the field this past fall she was Third-Team Longstreth/NFHCA All-American, First-Team Longstreth/NFHCA South Atlantic All-Region, NJAC Midfielder of the Year, First-Team NJAC, First-Team ECAC, and selected to play in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III Senior Game.
Robinson is currently apart of the 2016-17 NCAA postgraduate internship class, a 12-month opportunity to work at the national office in Indianapolis. Her area of focus includes leadership development.
In early September, the Woman of the Year selection committee will name the Top 30 honorees, representing the top 10 women in each division. The selection committee will then choose and announce the nine finalists, with three from each division, at the end of September. Then, from the pool of nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will determine the 2016 Woman of the Year.
The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual banquet Oct. 16 in Indianapolis.
The NCAA Woman of the Year program has recognized graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership since its inception in 1991.
To view the list of conference nominees, click here.