LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State softball player Amber Olive has been nominated for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year award following an outstanding 2013 campaign.
The award acknowledges senior female student-athletes’ distinguished achievements in areas of service, leadership, athletics and academics. The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee will select the top 10 winners in each NCAA division (I, II and III). From among those 30 honorees, the selection committee will select the top three in each division. Finally, the members of the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics (CWA) will vote from among the top nine to determine the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year.
Olive, a senior left fielder from Simi Valley, Calif., posted a 3.91 GPA and graduated in May with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and communication studies. She was the NM State Female Scholar Athlete of the Year and was honored with the NM State Psychology Department’s Award for Academic Excellence.
A member of the NM State SAAC as a senior, Olive was the co-chair of Drive H.O.P.E (Helping Other People Eat), where Aggie student-athletes collected more than 2,500 pounds of food for Las Cruces and Dona Ana County. She was also active with Project Hope through the Golden Key International Honor Society.
A three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar Athlete, Olive was a four-time Academic All-WAC selection. She was also one just of two WAC softball players named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® second team. She also earned the All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year award, which recognizes a student-athlete’s dedication to strength training and conditioning, from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
On the field, Olive was named first team All-WAC and to the NFCA All-Pacific Region team as a senior, when she led the conference with 79 hits and 41 runs, and ranked second in batting average (.393).
Also representing the Western Athletic Conference as nominees for the prestigious award are Kelly Biette of Seattle U and Kayla Ghersini of Louisiana Tech.