INDIANAPOLIS – Gallaudet University senior Hannah Neild (Litchfield, N.H.) is one of 585 nominees for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
The NCAA encourages member schools to honor their top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.
The 585 nominees – the most ever in the history of the program – contains 192 from Division III, 131 from Division II and 262 from Division I. Multisport student-athletes account for 144 of the nominees. Neild is one of 59 student-athletes that competed in three or more sports. Of the 585 nominees, 87 played basketball, 77 played softball and 75 played soccer.
Neild is a three-sport student-athlete at Gallaudet, the world's only university with programs and services specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students. She participated on three different sports (women's soccer, women's basketball, softball) during the 2018-19 school year. Neild is one of the most decorated multisport student-athletes in GU history. The Litchfield, N.H., native was named Gallaudet's Student-Athlete of the Year for a second straight time this past May and was the top scholar-athlete award honoree for the 2018-19 graduating class. The education major, who holds a 3.98 grade point average and is a member of the University Honors program, earned Google Cloud Academic All-America® honors in two different sports (women's basketball, softball) in the same year and became GU's first Team Member of the Year recipient and is now eligible for the Overall CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year award that will be announced on July 23.
On the basketball court, Neild finished third in Division III in points scored (649) and points per game (25.0) and earned NEAC Player of the Year honors this season. for the Bison and is a two-time first team All-NEAC pick. The hard of hearing 5-foot-9 guard/forward is a two-time All-NEAC first team selection and was one of 10 finalists for the 2019 Jostens Trophy. On the softball diamond, Neild finished 12th in Division III for triples per game and 28th in batting average (.474) and landed on the All-NEAC second team, her second all-conference honor in two seasons. Neild played in 15 soccer games (14 starts) at midfield and scored seven goals, five assists and 19 points (third on the team) during the 2018 season.
Next, conferences will select up to two nominees each from the pool of school nominees. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.
The selection committee will determine the top three honorees in each division from the Top 30 and announce the nine finalists in September. From those nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics then will choose the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual award ceremony Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.
Neild is Gallaudet's first NCAA Woman of the Year nominee since Elena Ciccarelli, who was nominated in 2015.
Neild was nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year by Associate Athletic Director for Communications Sam Atkinson
2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Timeline
June 26 – School Nominees released
July – Conference honorees announced
Early September – Top 30 announced
Late September – Nine finalists announced
Oct. 20 – 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year announced