BANGOR, Maine - The NCAA recently announced the nominees for the 2019-20 Woman of the Year Award. Husson University carefully selected women's basketball player Joan Overman as the Eagles' nominee in a record-breaking year of 605 total nominees submitted to the NCAA.
Out of the 605 student-athletes nominated, 220 represented Division III, while Overman was one of 128 multisport student-athletes nominated this year. The nominees competed in 24 sports and represent all three NCAA divisions, including 259 nominees from Division I and 126 from Division II.
Rooted in Title IX, the NCAA Woman of the Year Award was established in 1991 to recognize graduating female student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
Member schools are encouraged to honor their top graduating female college athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year Award. Schools can recognize two nominees if at least one is a woman of color or international student-athlete.
Conference offices will select up to two nominees each from their pool of member school nominees. All nominees who compete in a sport not sponsored by their school's primary conference, as well as associate conference nominees and independent nominees, will be considered by a selection committee. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.
From the Top 30, the Woman of the Year selection committee will determine the top three honorees in each division and announce nine finalists. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then will choose the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year, who will be named this fall.
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.
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