WATERVILLE, Maine - The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) proudly announced the Nominees for the 2019-20 NAC Woman of the Year Award on Wednesday. Husson women's basketball standout, Joan Overman, was the representative for the Eagles and one of eight graduating student-athletes to be nominated for the prestigious honor which encompasses all facets of the NCAA Division III student athlete experience.
In alphabetical order, the 2019-20 nominees are: Sydney Adams of Maine Maritime Academy, Alisha Celley of Northern Vermont-Lyndon, Cassie Contigiani of Thomas College, Molly Denny of SUNY Canton, Yvonne Hartridge of UMaine-Presque Isle, Katie LeBlanc of UMaine-Farmington, Joan Overman of Husson University, and Grace Page of Northern Vermont-Johnson.
The NAC Woman of the Year award is modeled after the NCAA Woman of the Year program which honors graduating student athletes who distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, service, and leadership. The NAC also selects a Man of the Year using the same model, nominees for which will be released on June 25. These are the two preeminent awards presented annually by the conference.
Member schools nominate student athletes from their own institution, then NAC Athletic Directors and Senior Woman Administrators vote to select the Woman of the Year. Scoring for the academic achievement section is based on the undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of the nominee. Scoring for athletic excellence is based on the nominee's honors and accomplishments including awards and championships, and scoring for service and leadership is based on their involvement in campus and community activities and organizations over the course of their collegiate career. Administrators also consider a short personal statement written by each nominee.
The NAC Woman of the Year will be announced June 30, and will be honored on her campus during the upcoming academic year. She will also be the NAC nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Representatives from the NCAA membership comprise the NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee. The selection committee will choose the Top-30 national honorees, including 10 from each division, and then narrow the list to the top-three in each division using the guidelines outlined here. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will use the same criteria to select the winner from the final nine. The top-30 are due to be announced in September, and the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named on November 1, 2020.
Joan Overman (Washburn, Maine) graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration-Marketing Management, as well as an MBA from Husson University in 2020. She achieved Dean's List and President's List honors throughout her career and was named to the NAC All-Academic Team for three years. A committed member of the community, Overman has volunteered for Special Olympics and the Ronald McDonald House, and participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer's. She has staffed a variety of basketball clinics and tournaments, as well as PGA Junior League and Veteran's Golf Clinic events. Overman was an active member of the Husson Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and also a volunteer coach for the seventh grade girls Lumberjack's basketball team. Overman was a member of the 2016 Women's Outdoor Track & Field 4x100 NAC Champion relay team, and a three-year member of the Women's Soccer team. She was a standout member of the Women's Basketball team, which won the NAC Championship each of her four years on the hardwood. She earned All-Conference honors in 2019 and 2020, and was named the NAC Women's Basketball Defensive Player of the Year in 2020. Overman also earned the Eagle Award for Husson Women's Basketball this year, presented to the student athlete who stands out as an exemplary teammate and best demonstrates the Husson spirit.
A glowing head coach, Kissy Walker, reflects on her time spent with Joan. "Extremely proud of Joan as she has worked three jobs and maintained a high GPA, all while playing basketball. Joan is incredibly determined and there is no doubt that she will be successful in her future endeavors."
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