Former Centre College women’s soccer midfielder/forward Alex Combs ’16, from Danville, Ky., has been nominated for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, the organization announced on Tuesday.
The Woman of the Year Award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
Combs was a four-time All-Southern Athletic Association (SAA) performer, including a two-time First Team All-SAA honoree. In addition, she was an All-South Atlantic Region selection as a junior in 2014 and was named the SAA Newcomer of the Year during her rookie campaign in 2012.
Combs enjoyed a great deal of individual and team success for the Colonels during her four-year playing career. She ranked second on the team and fourth in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) with 13 goals during the 2015 season, helping Centre reach its first NCAA Division III Final Four in school history.
She also tallied 27 points on the year, placing her fifth in the conference. In addition, Combs was second in the conference in game-winning goals, with four on the year.
She netted a season-high two scores in the Colonels’ 5-1 win at Wittenberg on Sept. 16.
As a junior in 2015, she finished the year with 10 goals and eight assists, totaling 28 points in Centre’s historic season. Combs had a team-high five game-winning goals as a junior and posted two multi-goal games for the Colonels.
During her tenure with the Colonels, Centre won seven of a possible eight SAA titles and earned four NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Final Four trip in 2015 and an Elite Eight appearance in 2014. Combs and the Centre Class of 2016 posted a career record of 74-15-4.
In addition to her success on the field, Combs also excelled in the classroom, in the community and in several organizations on campus.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Centre College in May, Combs was a student researcher in the chemistry program and served as president of the American Chemical Society Student Affiliates at Centre. She also worked as a summer research intern at Firm Solutions, Inc., and as a volunteer at the Kentucky United Way Day of Caring. On campus, she worked as both a residence director and residence assistant and was a member of Delta Delta Delta.
Combs was named the 2015-16 Centre Female Student-Athlete of the Year, granted to the male and female senior student-athletes who best display excellence on the playing field, in the classroom and in the community.
NCAA member schools have nominated 517 student-athletes for the 2016 Woman of the Year award.
This pool of school honorees marks the largest in the 26-year history of the award. Of the nominees for the national award, 231 competed in Division I, 117 competed in Division II and 169 competed in Division III athletics. The nominees also represent 21 different women’s sports, and 127 of the nominees competed in more than one sport in college.
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.
Next, conferences assess their member school nominees and select up to two conference nominees. The Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will then choose the top 30 honorees—10 from each division.
From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three honorees from each division and announces the nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at the annual award ceremony Oct. 16 in Indianapolis.
by Centre College Athletics
June 23, 2016