RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Taylor Parker (Surrey, British Columbia/Semiahmoo), a 2015 graduate of Felician College, is Felician's 2015 nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. Parker is one of 93 nominees from NCAA Division II.
The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their college careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership. The 480 total nominees (207 from Division I, 180 from Division III) are a record for the program, now in its 25th year.
Parker recently concluded a record-setting softball career for Felician. A four-year starter at third base, she graduated as the Golden Falcons' all-time hits leader with 180, and also holds single-season school records for hits and doubles. She was an all-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) selection as a sophomore in 2013.
Parker amassed a cumulative grade-point average of 3.68 as a business administration major. Felician's 2015 Senior Female Student-Athlete of the Year, she is a three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete, a three-time Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar, and a three-time Academic All-CACC selection. She was named the CACC Student-Athlete of the Month in April 2014, and was a 2013 Capital One Academic All-District honoree. She is a 2011 graduate of Semiahmoo Secondary School in White Rock, British Columbia.
Parker's nomination now goes to the CACC, which must choose two conference nominees. All of the conference nominees nationwide are then forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 30 honorees – 10 from each NCAA division.
The complete list of 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year nominees can be viewed at www.ncaa.org/about/resources/events/school-nominees-2015-woman-year.
Felician College, the Franciscan College of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic colleounded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician College welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician College currently enrolls more than 2,100 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician College also sponsors 13 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II and National Collegiate levels.