NCAA WOMAN OF THE YEAR Two stellar former student-athletes were selected as the Atlantic 10 Conference nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Dayton’s Ashley Campbell and Melissa Ross of Richmond were announced in July as the league’s two candidates for one of the NCAA’s most prestigious honors.
Dayton Women’s Soccer | Hometown: Gilford, Ontario | Major: Exercise Science
Both student-athletes completed their eligibility this past year and graduated from their respective universities in May. They were selected from a pool of eight outstanding institutional honorees, representing five A-10 sports and eight different A-10 institutions. Campbell, a women’s soccer player, and Ross, a swimmer, were chosen as the league’s nominees by the Atlantic 10’s 14 Senior Woman Administrators (SWAs) based on their athletic achievements, academic prowess, community involvement and leadership abilities. Both A-10 candidates have exceptional resumes in all four areas. The institutions selected their candidates for being standout student-athletes who have had robust academic success, complimented by competitive athletic resumes, while sustaining dynamic leadership in their communities. The eight candidates have noteworthy credentials, including All-American and Academic All-America honors, conference championships and All-Conference award winners, NCAA Championship success, and campus involvement, including serving as student-athlete leaders as part of the campus, conference and national Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The league’s Senior Woman Administrators selected Campbell and Ross from the eight candidates to represent the Atlantic 10 Conference as the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year nominees. The remaining six are listed below.
Richmond Women’s Swimming | Hometown: Chalfont, Pa. | Major: Biology
One of the most prestigious NCAA awards, the NCAA established the Woman of the Year Award in 1991 to celebrate the achievements of women in intercollegiate athletics. Now “We are proud to nominate Ashley and Melissa as in its 26th the A-10’s Woman of the Year candidates. They have year, this unique award excelled in competition, flourished as academic recognizes leaders and been model citizens with a commitment the athletic to their community. I congratulate them both on achievements their exemplary careers and contributions to the of outstanding A-10 and their Institutions.” young women, as well as Bernadette V. McGlade their academic Atlantic 10 Commissioner achievements, community service and leadership. To be eligible, these women must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport and must have completed eligibility in their primary sport.
NCAA WOMAN OF THE YEAR INSTITUTIONAL HONOREES
Women’s Basketball Hometown: Springfield, Va. Major: Management
Women’s Soccer Hometown: East Meadow, N.Y. Major: Communications and Media Studies
Women’s Soccer Hometown: Newton, Mass. Major: Finance and Marketing
Softball Hometown: Jamison, Pa. Major: Communication & Spanish
Women’s Rowing Hometown: York, Pa. Major: Psychology and Criminology
Women’s Basketball Hometown: Lancaster, N.Y. Major: Marketing
2015-16 ANNUAL REPORT