Mississippi College Athletics – Katie Taylor has been named as one of 160 conference-level nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, it was announced on Tuesday (Aug. 11).
Taylor (Tupelo, Miss.) joins 38 other female student-athletes that have been nominated by their conferences in Division II. Each conference is allowed to nominate two student-athletes given that one of the SA’s is a woman of color or international student-athlete.
The University of Arkansas transfer became the second women’s soccer player in school history to be named United Soccer Coaches and Division II Conference Commissioners All-America, joining Caitlin Hayes (2017). She was named the D2CCA South Region Player of the Year and earned All-Region honors from both organizations.
Taylor racked up the recognition from the Gulf South Conference, as well, being awarded the Commissioner’s Trophy, which is the top award given to a female student-athlete in the league. She was also named the GSC Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Year.
She helped lead the Lady Choctaws to their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in 2019, setting a school record with 15 straight wins, including going a perfect 12-0 in league play. Taylor led the team with 13 goals and eight assists, while earning a 3.80 grade-point-average in Interdisciplinary Studies.
The NCAA Woman of the Year program is rooted in Title IX and has recognized graduating female college athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership since its inception in 1991.
All nominees who compete in a sport not sponsored by their school’s primary conference, as well as associate conference nominees and independent nominees, were placed in a separate pool to be considered by a selection committee. Four nominees from the pool were selected to move forward in the process with the conference nominees.
The Woman of the Year Selection Committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will now choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division — from the conference-level nominees. The Top 30 honorees will be announced in September. From there, the selection committee will narrow the pool to three finalists from each division. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2020 Woman of the Year from the nine finalists.
The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named this fall.