Nyack Graduate Katalina Padilla Has Been Selected by the School as the NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee

Nyack Graduate Katalina Padilla Has Been Selected by the School as the NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee

Nyack, NY - The Nyack College athletic department is proud to announce the successfull nomination of recent softball graduate Katalina Padilla. For 28 years, this award has honored the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of outstanding female college athletes.

Rooted in Title IX and directed by the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics, the NCAA Woman of the Year program celebrates the accomplishments of female college athletes across all three NCAA divisions. In 2018, more than 200,000 women are playing college sports, and the NCAA received a program record of 581 nominations for this prestigious award.

To be eligible, a nominee must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport, must have completed eligibility in her primary sport, and must have earned her undergraduate degree by Summer 2018.

Eligible female student-athletes are nominated by their member school. Each conference office then reviews the nominations from its core member schools (and sponsored sports) and submits its conference nominee(s) to the NCAA. All nominees that compete in a sport that is not sponsored by their core conference, associate conference nominees and independent nominees will be sent to a separate pool to be considered by a committee. Then, the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee identifies the Top 30 – 10 from each division – and from there selects three finalists from each division. The Committee on Women's Athletics then selects the winner from the nine finalists.

All 30 Woman of the Year honorees will be recognized, and the 2018 Woman of the Year announced, at an awards dinner at the Westin Indianapolis on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.

Katalina has served the Nyack College and the broader Nyack community in a plethora of ways. During her time at Nyack she has managed the Health Services Department where she was able to combine her passion for health-care and athletics by organizing the breast cancer awareness campaign,"Warriors Fight Strong". In addition, she partnered with the Counseling Services and Athletic Department to advocate for mental and emotional health amongst the student-athletes.

Katalina continually chased excellence in the classroom where she was awarded with two appearances on the Central Athletic Collegiate Conference All-Academic team, Dean's list, and became an inductee of the Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society. 

The Nyack College athletic department and the entire Nyack College community is proud of the woman Katalina has become during her four years at the instituion and we are excited to see how she will continue to positively affect the people around her. Congrats Katalina!