LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Twenty five student-athletes were revealed this afternoon as part of the 2022 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III National Player and Pitcher of the Year awards list. 

The Player of the Year award was established in 2016 to honor the season’s top performer in NCAA Division III, and was expanded in 2019 to include both a Player and Pitcher of the Year honoree.

The list is compiled and the award is voted on by the elected members of the NFCA Division III All-American Committee with one head coach representing each of the 10 NCAA regions. To be eligible, a student-athlete’s head coach must be a member.

The group of 25 consists of 10 sophomores, seven juniors, six seniors and two freshmen representing  17 programs and 15 difference conferences.

Two schools — Belhaven and Eastern Connecticut State — had three student-athletes apiece on the list, while four others — East Texas Baptist, Linfield, Salisbury and Texas Lutheran — placed two.

The American Southwest Conference had five finalists, while the Little East Conference and Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference each had three. The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and Northwest Conference had two apiece.

The winner of each award will be announced on June 3, following the conclusion of the 2022 season.

Last year’s winners were Virginia Wesleyan’s Jessica Goldyn (Player) and Hanna Hull (Pitcher). Hull also claimed Player of the Year honors in 2017 and 2018, before the award was split into separate Pitcher and Player honors. Lynchburg’s Mackenzie Chitwood (Player) and Illinois Wesleyan’s Ally Wiegand (Pitcher) won in 2019, while UT Tyler pitcher Kelsie Batten was the inaugural Player of the Year honoree in 2016. The award was not presented in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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2022 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III Player & Pitcher of the Year Top 25

Emily August
Emily August
Pitcher
Rowan
Kennedy Carruth
Kennedy Carruth
Pitcher
Belhaven
Sophia DiCocco
Sophia DiCocco
Pitcher
Tufts
Sadie Erickson
Sadie Erickson
Second Base
Wis.-Eau Claire
Gina Followell
Gina Followell
Pitcher
Concordia (Wis.)
Allie Gordon
Allie Gordon
Third Base
Belhaven
Kaitlyn Hasty
Kaitlyn Hasty
First Base
Christopher Newport
Grace Heath
Grace Heath
Outfield
Mount Union
Cami Henry
Cami Henry
Pitcher
DePauw
Anna Jackson
Anna Jackson
Catcher
Berry
Ellie Jones
Ellie Jones
First Base
Belhaven
Kelly Jurden
Kelly Jurden
Outfield
Texas Lutheran
Tayah Kelley
Tayah Kelley
Pitcher
Linfield
Abby Mace
Abby Mace
Outfield
Salisbury
Tristen Maddox
Tristen Maddox
Shortstop
East Texas Baptist
Brooke Matyasovsky
Brooke Matyasovsky
First Base
Eastern Conn. St.
Alexis Michon
Alexis Michon
Pitcher
Eastern Conn. St.
Katie Murphy
Katie Murphy
Pitcher
Susquehanna
Katie Phillips
Katie Phillips
Outfield
Linfield
Julia SanGiovanni
Julia SanGiovanni
Third Base
Eastern Conn. St.
Kayla Simacek
Kayla Simacek
Pitcher
Bethel
Ashlyn Strother
Ashlyn Strother
Pitcher
Texas Lutheran
Haley Ullrich
Haley Ullrich
Pitcher
Alma
Courtney White
Courtney White
Second Base
East Texas Baptist
Lindsey Windsor
Lindsey Windsor
Utility/Pitcher
Salisbury

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