What You Need to Know:

* Softball's Callie Alford has been named Georgia State's NCAA Woman of the Year candidate.
* Alford was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award this past season and earned Senior CLASS Second-Team All-America honors.
* Off the field, Alford was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Third-Team this past year. She earned Dean’s List or President’s List honors seven times while at Georgia State.


ATLANTA-Following a storied four-year career at Georgia State, softball stand-out Callie Alford has been named the Panthers NCAA Woman of the Year nominee.

Now in its 25th year, 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. Alford is one of 207 nominees at the Division I level.

Alford was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award this past season and earned Senior CLASS Second-Team All-America honors. After earning All-Sun Belt First-Team honors, Alford was also named to the NFCA South All-Region Third-Team.

She finished her career as Georgia State’s all-time leader in home runs (38) and RBI (170), while standing third in walks (105), doubles (43) and runs scored (148).

Off the field, Alford was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Third-Team this past year. She earned Dean’s List or President’s List honors seven times while at Georgia State.

This past season, she started every game with all but five coming at the third base. She finished the year tied for second in hits, third in home runs and third on team in batting average, on-base percentage, RBI, runs scored and doubles.

Alford also established career highs in batting average, hits, runs scored and home runs with career low in strikeouts. During her senior season, she became Georgia State’s career home run and RBI leader.

Alford will now be considered among the Sun Belt nominees for the annual award. Each conference is allowed to select up to two conference nominees. All conference nominees are forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 30 honorees – 10 from each division.

From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three nominees from each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year.

The 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, and the Top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony Oct. 18 in Indianapolis.