LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - In exclusive voting by the Senior Woman Administrators of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, Emily Jorgens of Trinity University has been selected the 2015 SCAC Woman of the Year.
In addition to being recognized as SCAC Woman of the Year, Jorgens will be nominated for the 25th annual NCAA Woman of the Year 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, athletics excellence, community service and leadership.
Jorgens' selection as Woman of the Year represents the fourth overall SCAC WOTY honor for Trinity and the first since Abigail Loar in 2012.
An accounting major who graduated this spring with a 4.00 GPA and a recent recipient of a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, Jorgens just completed an internship with the Deloitte firm in Dallas, Texas, and plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin to obtain a master’s in accounting. She has already been offered a full-time position with Deloitte after completing her graduate studies.
A two-time Capital One Academic All-American of the Year, Jorgens is the only player to win the award twice in a row. In 2013, Jorgens received the Elite 89 Award, presented to the player with the highest GPA at the NCAA Championship semifinals and final, and was also named the National Midfielder of the Year as she tied a Division III single-season record with 30 assists.
Jorgens has been tabbed for the NSCAA/Continental Tire Division III All-America Team four times, as well as earning a spot on the D3soccer.com All-America Team.
She led the nation with 27 assists in the 2014 campaign, as well as leading Division III in assists per game (1.13/game). She chalked up 19 goals for a total of 65 points. During her career, Jorgens scored 59 goals (tied for fifth all-time in the SCAC) and amassed a conference-record 88 assists for 206 points (second all-time in the SCAC). A two-time SCAC Offensive Player-of-the-Year, she is the Tigers' all-time leader in goals scored, assists, and points.
When summing up her incredible four-year journey at Trinity, Jorgens attributes a true passion for her sport, her studies and the community as key to her successes and accomplishments.
"Passion for the game not only allowed me to physically push myself beyond a point that I thought possible, thus giving me a confidence to strive and achieve larger dreams, but united my team and supported extremely close friendships that I will always maintain and treasure. Off the field, passion for my studies strengthened my thirst for knowledge, ultimately leading to an ongoing desire to learn throughout my life. Finally, passion for people sparked my desire to invest in my communities and bring joy to others. I now realize that I have the power to positively impact the world and I am eager to leave my footprint."
Jorgens was one of four outstanding nominees considered by the SCAC Woman of the Year Committee. The other candidates were:
- Emma Holmes, swimming, Colorado College
- Ashley Jacobsen, softball, Texas Lutheran University
- Christine Jablonsky, volleyball and lacrosse, University of Dallas
As SCAC winner, Jorgens will be nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, one of the most prestigious honors the NCAA bestows. The award recognizes senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.
All conference nominees will be forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee. The selection committee will choose the top 10 nominees in each division. From among those 30 honorees, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. Finally, the members of the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will vote from among the top nine finalists to determine the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The top 10 honorees and the nine finalists from Divisions I, II and III will be honored and the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at a dinner in Indianapolis, on Sunday, October 18, 2015.
In conjunction with the changes in the nomination process for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Woman of the Year award was established for the 2005-06 athletic season. Beginning in 2006, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics (CWA) started receiving conference-designated nominees in lieu of the previous institution- and state-based nomination format.
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.
To read about past winners of the SCAC Woman-of-the-Year award, click here.
2014 - Lilly Duarte, cross country & outdoor track and field, Southwestern University / Shelby Eaves, volleyball, Austin College
2013 - Rachel Thibodeau, volleyball, Southwestern University