The NFCA and adidas have released the 10 student-athletes who have been named the winners of the 2009 adidas Golden Shoe award.
NFCA and adidas present the award annually to the top base stealer from NFCA member schools in each of the following divisions: NCAA (Divisions I, II and III), NAIA, NJCAA (Divisions I, II and III), Cal JC, Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) and high school.
Divisional committees consisting of NFCA member coaches determined the 2009 adidas Golden Shoe award winners. The recipients of this year’s awards, by division, are as follows:
NCAA Division I
Chelsea Bramlett, Mississippi State
Bramlett earned Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I first-team All-America honors for a third straight year and was named the catcher on the first team for a second consecutive season. A member of the USA Women’s National Team for 2009, Bramlett led the SEC in batting average and stolen bases, ranked third nationally in batting average and topped the national statistics in stolen bases per game.
NCAA Division II
Teresa Erskine of Miles College
Erskine led all of NCAA Division II with 56 steals in 61 attempts for an eye-popping 1.30 steals per-game average. Erskine’s 56 steals is 16 more than her next closest competitors, while her per-game average of 1.30 steals easily eclipsed the 1.09 per-game average turned in by Michelle Thompson of Livingstone. The junior outfielder hit .378 on the season with 53 runs scored, six doubles, four triples and a home run with 34 RBI. This is the second consecutive season that a Golden Bear has won the NCAA Division II adidas Golden Shoe as Kenyona Johnson from Miles was honored in 2008.
NCAA Division III
Jenna Patnode, Keene State
Senior Jenna Patnode earned first-team All-ECAC honors during the 2009 season as the Owls top offensive performer in batting average (.423), runs (47), hits (63) and a school-record 47 stolen bases. She finished her career with 99 steals during her Owls career. Patnode’s 47 steals in 44 games was a 1.07 per-game average, ranking second in the NCAA standings. Her 47 steals was the top total number of steals in NCAA Division III play during 2009. She was the only player in the country with 40 or more swipes last season.
Briteny Webb, Belhaven
An infielder/outfielder from Mobile, Ala., Webb hit .403 on the season with 40 RBI. She stole 55 bases in 59 attempts, more than any other player in the country at the NAIA level. She scored 73 runs which put her among the NAIA leaders in that category as well. Bellhaven finished the year with an overall record of 36-19 which establishes a new Bellhaven record for the most wins in a season. Webb was also named a Louisville Slugger/NFCA NAIA All-American for 2009.
NJCAA Division I
Jessica Whitley, Navarro
Whitley hit .468 during the 2009 season, recording 63 runs, 45 RBI and 24 doubles on the year. Wihitley stole 80 bases in 84 chances to lead the way for NJCAA Division I.
NJCAA Division II
Ashley Willard, Iowa Central
Ashley Willard led Iowa Central with 72 stolen bases on 78 attempts during the season. She also hit .371 with 54 runs scored and three triples to go along with nine RIB and 23 walks.
NJCAA Division III
Gina Brenzo, Corning
Corning stole 31 bases on 33 attempts during the season to lead the way for the Red Barons in that category. She hit .445 with 55 runs scored, nine doubles, three triples, a home run and 26 RBI.
Jamie Miller, Ohlone
Miller stole 34 bases for the Renegades as they advanced to the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) State Softball Championship. Miller has gone 47-for-139 for a .338 batting average with seven doubles, two triples and 21 RBI on the season. The 34 stolen bases for this year’s adidas Golden Shoe Award winner led Cal JC.
Kendall Grant, Lower Columbia
The adidas Golden Shoe award winner, presented to the top base-stealer in the NWAACC, goes to Kendall Grant of Lower Columbia College. The freshman outfielder stole 48 bases during the 2009 season. Grant turned in a .503 batting average with 52 runs scored, nine doubles, a triple and 16 RBI on the year.
Emily Albus, Brenham (Texas) High School
Junior shortstop Emily Albus of Brenham High School in Brenham, Texas
A three-time NFCA All-American Brenham's Emily Albus has been named the adidas Golden Shoe winner for high school softball for 2009. In 36 games this season, Albus stole an amazing 70 bases in 73 attempts. Offensively, Albus hit .664 with 57 runs scored and 77 base hits. Albus had 14 extra-base hits, including three home runs.