UCLA Softball's Stacey Nuveman Named an NCAA Today's Top VIII Recipient

Dec. 19, 2002

INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA Honors Committee has named the recipients of the NCAA Today's Top VIII Awards. The Today's Top VIII Award winners are a group of distinguished student-athletes from the 2002 calendar year who will be recognized for their academic and athletics achievement, character and leadership at the 38th annual NCAA Honors Dinner January 12, at the Disneyland Hotel, in Anaheim, California. UCLA softball player Stacey Nuveman is among the honorees.

This year's selections include the 2002 NCAA Woman of the Year finalist from Missouri; a two-time Division II Bulletin National Basketball Player of the Year; the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference player of the year in basketball; the Verizon/CoSIDA academic all-American of the year for Division I-A and I-AA football; a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic gold medal softball team; a 14-time all-American in gymnastics; a first-team all-Southeastern Conference offensive lineman in football; and the most outstanding offensive soccer player for the 2002 Women's College Cup.

In addition to their athletics accomplishments, the NCAA Today's Top VIII recipients have earned numerous academic honors, have volunteered countless hours to community projects and have served as role models for their academic institutions and to their peers.

This year's selections are Ann Marie Brooks, an indoor and outdoor track and field student-athlete from the University of Missouri, Columbia; Michelle Cottrell, a basketball student-athlete from Northern Kentucky University; Kari Groshek, a basketball student-athlete from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point; Ryan Johnson, a football student-athlete from Montana State University-Bozeman; Stacey Nuveman, a softball student-athlete from the University of California, Los Angeles; Andree' Pickens, a gymnast from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; Jonathon Stinchcomb, a football student-athlete from the University of Georgia; and Aly Wagner, a soccer player from Santa Clara University.

The starting catcher on the 2000 U.S. Olympic gold medal softball team, Nuveman was a finalist for the 1999 Sullivan Award, which recognizes the nation's top amateur athlete. Nuveman also was the 2002 American Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball Collegiate player of the year. She holds the NCAA career home run record (90), and also set the career slugging percentage record as a senior (.945). In 2002, she set the single-season slugging percentage record (1.045). Her career batting average of .466 is third best in NCAA history. As a senior, she led the country with a .529 batting average. She was named all-tournament at the 2002 Women's College World Series and was named to USA Softball's World Championship team. A four-time NFCA first-team All-American and a three-time Honda-Broderick Award finalist, she was nominated for an ESPY Award as 2002's best female collegiate athlete.

A consistent member of the UCLA athletics director's honor roll, she graduated with a 3.160 grade-point average in sociology with a public policy minor and earned first-team conference all-academic honors.

Among her many community activities, she worked as a volunteer for 'I'm Going to College,' escorting inner-city children at campus sporting events and encouraging them to think about higher education. A participant in UCLA's pen pal program, she also served as a coach/teacher at softball camps and clinics around the country, representing UCLA and the U.S. national softball team. Following the 2000 Olympic Games, Nuveman traveled to Ohio as part of the Make a Wish program.

ESPN SportsCenter anchor Linda Cohn will serve as master of ceremonies for the Jan. 12 awards ceremony. Cohn, a graduate of State University College at Oswego, was a former goalie for her high-school boys' ice hockey team in Newford, New York, and for the women's team at Oswego State.

Today's Top VIII honorees are selected by the NCAA Honors Committee comprised of eight athletics administrators at member institutions and conferences and nationally distinguished citizens who are former student-athletes. The members of the NCAA Honors Committee are: Harry Carson, president, Harry Carson, Inc.; Eugene F. Corrigan, commissioner emeritus, Atlantic Coast Conference; Clyde Doughty Jr., athletics director, New York Institute of Technology; Jack Ford, ESPN news anchor/correspondent; Jo Ann Harper, athletics director, Dartmouth College; Susan Hartmann, faculty athletic representative, Ohio State University; Karen L. Johnson, director of institutional research, Alfred University; and Valerie Richardson, assistant commissioner, West Coast Conference. Candidates are nominated by NCAA member institutions.

Nuveman is the 12th UCLA student-athlete to be selected as an NCAA Today's Top VIII Award recipient. She joins John Sciarra (football, 1975-76), Jeff Dankworth (football, 1976-77), Karch Kiraly (volleyball, 1981-82), Cormac Carney (football, 1982-83), Carnell Lake (football, 1988-89), Jill Andrews (gymnastics, 1989-90), Carlton Gray (football, 1992-93), Scott Keswick (gymnastics, 1992-93), Lisa Fernandez (softball, 1993-94), Julie Bremner (volleyball, 1993-94) and Annette Salmeen (swimming, 1996-97).

For more information, including biographical information on the other seven recipients,click here

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