Springfield, Mass. - June 27, 2016 - Springfield College is excited to announce that Brooke Hattinger (Weymouth, Mass.) of the women's soccer program will be the institutional nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, to be chosen this upcoming fall.
A total of seven women have been nominated by their institutions to represent the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) as its NCAA Woman of the Year nominee. The conference Athletic Directors select the NEWMAC representative, which will be announced in late July. The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors student-athletes based on academics, athletics, service and leadership.
This marks the 26th year of the Woman of the Year Award program, as a record-breaking 511 student-athletes have been nominated, 169 being from Division III.
The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. The 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced on October 16 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Hattinger, a 2016 graduate of Springfield College with a degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry, will be attending DeSales University this fall to receive her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.
Named an National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III All-American at season's end, Hattinger helped lead the Pride to four-straight NEWMAC Championships during her time on campus. Additionally, Hattinger was a two-time NEWMAC All-Conference honoree, two-time NSCAA All-Region recipient and Second Team NEWISA All-New England selection.
Off the field, Hattinger completed community service with Humanics in Action Day, Special Olympics, Women in Sports Day and was a tutor on campus. In the classroom, the senior graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors, was a member of National Honors Biology Society and was a Scholars in Action Day First Place winner for her project in organic chemistry. She was also a 2015 NSCAA Scholar All-American, two-time NSCAA Scholar All-Region and CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree.
More information on the award and a list of previous winners can be found here.