INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Former Alabama softball All-American Brittany Rogers has been selected from over 130 conference nominees as one of 30 finalists for the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year. The recipient of the 20th annual award will be announced during the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year awards event, October 17, in Indianapolis.
"The University of Alabama has a long and proud history with the NCAA Woman of the Year award and there is no doubt that Brittany Rogers is a worthy part of that tradition," Alabama Director of Athletics, Mal Moore said. "Brittany is a tremendous ambassador for the University and this department and we are very proud of all she accomplished during her Crimson Tide career."
A record 452 nominations were submitted for the award this year. The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership.
"Every year, there are almost 200,000 women who participate in NCAA athletics and for Brittany to be judged as one of 30 finalists for the NCAA Woman of the Year is a tremendous achievement, one she is certainly worth of," Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy said. "Throughout her career, she represented the very best ideals of our program, on the field, in the classroom and in the community. We couldn't be prouder of her."
The Woman of the Year is the second major honor bestowed upon Rogers by the NCAA after earning the prestigious Top VIII award earlier this year. The Top VIII recognized eight NCAA student-athletes who have completed their athletic eligibility for their success on the fields and courts, in the classroom and in the community.
For four years Rogers led the Crimson Tide softball team both on and off the field. The four-year starter helped Alabama register three top-10 national finishes and guided the Tide to three Women's College World Series berths, including back-to-back semifinal appearances in 2008 and 2009. She also helped guide Alabama to the 2006 SEC championship and three SEC Western Division titles.
She was selected as an all-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and Easton for four straight years, becoming just the third UA player to nab the honors all four seasons. She finished her Alabama career ranked first in stolen bases; second in batting average, runs and hits and fifth in on-base percentage. She became just the second player in school history to post at least 300 hits, score 200 runs and steal 100 bases. In 2009, she played as part of the United States National team in the Japan Cup, helping USA to a gold medal.
Off the diamond her accolades were just as impressive. Rogers was the recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and an SEC Boyd McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarship. She was the winner of the 2009 Paul Bryant Student-Athlete Award, which is presented to the top male and top female student-athlete at Alabama.
She served as president of Alabama's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and volunteered with multiple community organizations such as Project Angel Tree, Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, Easter Seals walk and visited various local elementary and high schools.