ATLANTA-Following a remarkable four-year career at Georgia State, women’s soccer stand-out Kylie Ruffule has been named the Panthers’ NCAA Woman of the Year nominee.
Now in its 28th year, the NCAA 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. Ruffule is among 251 nominees at the Division I level and a record 581 overall nominees.
Ruffule’s distinguished career concluded by earning the 2018 Kell Award given to the Georgia State graduating senior with the highest scholastic average. A member of the Honors College who graduated with a degree in criminal justice also earned CoSIDA Academic All-District 4 honors.
This past season the midfielder played in all 17 matches while making 12 starts to accumulate nearly 750 minutes on the field. As a junior, she played in 17 matches and made 15 starts.
Ruffule 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 NCAA 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 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, and the Top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony in Indianapolis.