June 17, 2010
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Former Alabama softball All-American Brittany Rogers (Dacula, Ga.) has been nominated by the Southeastern Conference for the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Rogers, who finished her stellar career at the Capstone after the 2009 season, is one of two SEC nominees.
"Brittany represents everything that we are proud of when it comes to Alabama Softball," UA head coach Patrick Murphy said. "She was a tremendous student-athlete who provided outstanding leadership throughout her career. No matter what she was doing, she gave 110 percent and always did so with a great attitude. There's no doubt that she is a worthy candidate for this award."
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, athletic excellence, service and leadership. Student-athletes are nominated only once in their career by their institution.
"The University of Alabama has a long and proud history with the NCAA Woman of the Year award and Brittany certainly adds to that legacy," Alabama Associate Athletics Director Marie Robbins said. "Having already been honored by the NCAA as a Top VIII honoree, Brittany possesses all the qualities and characteristics the NCAA Woman of the Year program endeavors to honor. She is the epitome of what we look for in a student-athlete and from the start of her career through today, she continues to be a tremendous ambassador for the University and Crimson Tide athletics."
Rogers, an NCAA Top VIII honoree in 2009, was a staple on and off the field for the Crimson Tide softball team. The four-year starter helped Alabama register three top-10 national finishes and guided the Crimson Tide to a trio of Women's College World Series berths, including a school record back-to-back semifinal appearances. 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 player to nab the honors all four seasons. She finished her career ranked first in stolen bases (198); second in batting average (.417), runs (256) and hits (343); and fifth in on-base percentage (.463). She became just the second player in school history to post at least 300 hits, score 200 runs and steal 100 bases.
Off the diamond her accolades were just as impressive. Rogers was the recipient of a 2009 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.
From 1991 to 2005, each state had a woman of the year honoree and from that group 10 finalists were selected. From the top-10 finalists, the national winner was then chosen. Since 2006, each conference and independent school forwards nominations to the NCAA and from that pool top-10 finalists are named. The top 10 is then narrowed to the top three and from that group the national winner is announced.
Since 1991, Alabama has had 11 state winners and four that went on to be top-10 finalists.