June 7, 2002
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today that UCLA's Stacey Nuveman has been chosen as the inaugural winner of the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award.
One of the most prolific hitters in the history of college softball, Nuveman led the nation in batting average (.529) and, with 20 home runs, was just one home run shy of the national crown this season. She also set the NCAA season record for slugging percentage (1.045).
Nuveman, who led the UCLA Bruins to the 2002 Pac-10 title and a berth into the NCAA Women's College World Series, is respected not only for her powerful hitting, but also for her defensive ability behind the plate as a catcher. This past season, only 11 players attempted to steal on the All-American, and five were sent back to the dugout.
"We are pleased to have a player with Stacey Nuveman's athletic ability and persona selected as the inaugural winner of this award," said ASA executive director Ron Radigonda. "She will go down in history as one of the greatest collegiate players to play the game."
During her tenure with the Bruins, Nuveman set NCAA career records for home runs (90) and slugging percentage (.945), and her career batting average of .466 sits atop the list in the UCLA record books
Her career post-season accolades include three Pac-10 Player of the Year awards, four NFCA First-Team All-America honors and two NCAA Women's College World Series All-Tournament Team selections.
In addition, Nuveman has been named a finalist for the Honda Award and recently became the first collegiate softball player to be nominated for an ESPY Award.
"I'm obviously excited and honored to be the first recipient of this award from the Amateur Softball Association," said Nuveman. "As an athlete, you try to better yourself each year. To have my senior year turn out as successful as it did, was more than I could have anticipated."
It was exciting to finish up my career at UCLA in this way, and to win this award just capsoff the year."
Nuveman will be recognized and presented with the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year trophy during the ASA National Council Meeting in Reno, Nevada, in November. A presentation will also be made to her and the UCLA athletic department during a Bruins fall sporting event.
A replica of the award will be placed in a permanent display in the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, along with a photo display of Nuveman.
The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of Softball in the United Statesand a member of the United States Olympic Committee. As the National Governing Body, the ASA is responsible for identifying, selecting and training male and female athletes to compete in World Championship, Pan American and Olympic competitions.