TROY, Alabama – Troy University standout softball student-athlete Becca Hartley has been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, the NCAA announced Tuesday afternoon.
Hartley, a four-year letterwinner for the Troy softball program, was the epitome of a student-athlete on the field, in the classroom and in the community during her career. As a result, she was presented the Trojan Way Leadership Award, the highest award bestowed to a Troy student-athlete, in May.
A native of Troy, Ala., Hartley was a two-time All-Sun Belt selection, including earning first team honors this past season. A versatile player, Hartley started games behind the plate, at shortstop and in the outfield for the Trojans.
Hartley led Troy in every major statistical category this past season, including a .329 batting average and 16 home runs. Her home run total was the third most in a single-season in Troy history and tied for 22nd nationally in 2017.
Additionally, Hartley was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District Team after posting a 3.82 grade-point-average in accounting. Hartley, who served as Troy’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President in 2016-17, graduated from Troy in May and is currently serving as a graduate assistant in Troy’s athletic compliance office.
A record 543 female college athletes were nominated from all three NCAA divisions, including 229 from Division I, 117 from Division II, and 197 from Division III. The award, which was established in 1991, honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
Next, conferences will select up to two conference nominees each from the pool of school nominees. The Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will then choose the top 30 honorees -- 10 from each division.
From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three honorees from each division and announces the nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year from those nine.
The top 30 honorees will be recognized and the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced at the annual award ceremony Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.