Indianapolis, Ind. (9/7/16) – Former Cougar Marissa Robinson has been selected as one of the top 30 finalists for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
A record 517 school nominees were submitted this year, which was whittled down to 142 conference nominees. The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee selected 30 women from that pool – 10 from each of the three NCAA divisions – representing 13 sports and a host of undergraduate majors, including biology, accounting, criminal justice, education, engineering and computer science.
The top 30 honorees have demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.
"This year's top 30 honorees have achieved remarkable things during their time in college," said Sarah Hebberd, chair of the Woman of the Year selection committee and director of compliance at the University of Georgia. "They are model student-athletes for generations of young women to come, and we are immeasurably proud of their accomplishments."
Robinson is currently serving a 12-month internship in the NCAA national office in Indianapolis as part of the 2016-17 NCAA postgraduate internship class. Her area of focus includes leadership development. She graduated in May 2016 with 3.961 grade point average as a Special Education and Psychology major.
The four-year field hockey standout was 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. She was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American, and was also tabbed the Kean Woman of the Year (NJAIAW) and the Kean Female D'Angola Award Winner.
As a senior in 2015, Robinson 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.
The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2016 Woman of the Year who will be announced Oct. 16 at a ceremony in Indianapolis.