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NCAA WOMAN OF THE YEAR FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE
September 4, 2002
LONDON, NH......... For the fifth time in the
last eight years, the NCAA Woman of the Year for
New Hampshire comes from Colby-Sawyer College.
Women's basketball player Julie Ann Sheehan
(Hudson, MA/Nashoba Regional HS) will be honored
at the 2002 NCAA Woman of the Year awards dinner
on Saturday, November 2 at the Westin
Indianapolis Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The prestigious award honors outstanding female
student-athletes who have excelled in academics,
athletics, and community leadership, and have
completed their athletics eligibility. From the
50 state winners, 10 finalists will be named in
mid-September. The 2002 NCAA Woman of the Year
will be chosen from among the 10 finalists and
announced on November 2 at the awards dinner.
This is the 12th year of the award.
The 50 state-level winners, which were chosen
from more than 340 nominations, include 27
students from Division I, 12 representatives
from Division II, and 11 Division III honorees.
These selections participated in 16 of the 19
sports in which women compete for NCAA
championships. Nominees from Divisions I, II,
and III were considered for awards.
Colby-Sawyer volleyball player Kristin Anderson
(Penacook, NH) was the NCAA Woman of the Year
for New Hampshire in 2000, soccer and lacrosse
athlete Kim-Laura Boyle (Plainfield, VT) earned
the honor in 1998, tennis and track and field
competitor Lori Monroe (Littleton, NH) was the
NCAA's Granite State pick in 1997, and
volleyball player Ann Marie Ferretti (Brockton,
MA) represented the Chargers in 1995.
Sheehan is continuing her education this fall at
Northeastern University in Boston where she will
pursue a master's degree in clinical exercise
Sheehan graduated from Colby-Sawyer in May with
a 3.50 grade point average as an Exercise and
Sport Sciences major with a concentration in
exercise science. She was the Colby-Sawyer
Senior Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and
Colby-Sawyer's ECAC Female Scholar-Athlete.
Sheehan was chosen to the New Hampshire Division
III Women's Basketball Coaches Association
All-Academic Team as a junior and a senior, and
her name appeared on the Dean's List of Scholars
from 1999 to 2002.
The Chargers averaged over 20 wins per season
during Sheehan's four-years and went 81-29
(.736) in the process. In her rookie campaign
(1998-99), she was part of a squad that set its
single-season victory record (25-4), won the
Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC)
championship, and advanced to the second round
of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Sheehan,
the team's Most Improved Player as a sophomore,
served as a co-captain in each of her last two
seasons and helped lead the Chargers to the
program's first two appearances in the ECAC
Division III New England Tournament. The
frontcourt standout was named to the New
Hampshire Division III Women's Basketball
Coaches Association All-Defensive Team in her
junior and senior years, and ended her career by
going 8-for-13 from the field and recording 21
points (career high) and 10 rebounds in an ECAC
game at Keene State.
Service and Leadership
Sheehan has served as an after-school peer
mentor for at-risk children and as a
Colby-Sawyer teaching assistant. She represented
Colby-Sawyer in the Commonwealth Coast
Conference Athletes in Service program and has
been a volunteer basketball referee for Special
Olympics. Sheehan also spent time as a volunteer
in the pediatrics and elder life units at
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and was the
treasurer of Colby-Sawyer's Exercise and Sport
Sciences Majors Club.
Colby-Sawyer College, 100 Main Street, New London, NH 03257
Leo J. Maloney, Director
Lady Gators Basketball
5 Nottingham Way
Stoneham, MA 02180