Oct. 8, 2013
NFCA Scholar Athletes
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- As announced Monday by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, Utah Valley University softball players Dara Kosanke and Marie Williams have been named All-America Scholar Athletes. This announcement comes in conjunction with September's announcement that last season's UVU team ranked among the nation's leaders in team GPA.
Kosanke is a senior outfielder from Redmond, Ore., and is coming off a junior season in which she batted .227 with 12 runs and six stolen bases. A member of the Pacific Coast Softball Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll, Kosanke posted a 3.73 GPA last year.
Meanwhile, Williams concluded her collegiate career in 2013 after starting 45 games in center field for the Wolverines. For her career, she batted .246 with 70 hits and 13 RBIs. She also maintained a 3.73 GPA, earning her a second consecutive nod to the PCSC Commissioner's Honor Roll.
"I am so incredibly proud of Dara and honored that Marie and Dara have represented so well what it means to be a UVU softball player and student-athlete," said UVU head coach Nikki Palmer. "Moving forward, we expect to see many more of these awards. We are grateful for the work the NFCA does within the sport of softball to promote the athletic and academic success of so many softball student-athletes across the nation."
Over 4,000 athletes across seven divisions were named All-America Scholar Athletes on Monday. The award is bestowed upon any player nominated by a member coach who achieved a 3.50 GPA or higher during the 2012-13 school year.
As a team, Utah Valley posted a 3.3 GPA last season, earning the distinction of an NFCA All-Academic team. The Wolverines ranked 56th out of the 105 programs to claim the honor.