August 20, 2013

Shelly Milks Recognized as NCAA Top 30 Woman of the Year Nominees are Announced

For immediate release – 8/20/2013 - #012
Shelly Milks Recognized as NCAA Top 30 Woman of the Year Nominees are Announced

LYNCHBURG, VA – Thirty women, selected from a group of more than 450 nominees, have been chosen as the top honorees for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year award, including 2012 Lynchburg College field hockey co-captain Shelly Milks, who is currently studying in Lynchburg's Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

A group of ten women from each of the three divisions make up the top 30, spanning various NCAA sports. In September, three finalists from each division will be selected to make up the nine finalists for the award. The 2013 Woman of the Year will be announced at an annual ceremony in Indianapolis on Oct. 20 that all 30 nominees will attend.

"Shelly is a very special young lady with incredible talent," said LC director of athletics, Dr. Jack Toms. "The number of awards she has garnered and the success of the team in her four years speaks to her dedication, hard work and leadership."

The top 30 honorees reflect the pillars of the Woman of the Year award, with outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service, and leadership.

  • Cumulatively, the top 30 earned a 3.79 grade-point average and nearly 50 Academic All-America honors.
  • The top 30 earned 12 national championships (individual and team) and more than 80 All-America honors.
  • The top 30 volunteered for 365 organizations during their college careers.
  • Many served as team captains and held leadership positions in various campus and community organizations.

Milks encompasses all of these attributes, finishing her undergraduate degree with a 3.97 grade-point average while studying exercise physiology with a minor in Spanish. She was recipient of the 2013 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship and was a member of several honor societies including Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Sigma Iota, and Phi Eta Sigma. Milks was also the first Hornet since Lauren Askey in 2008 to be honored by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) with the prestigious Marjorie Berkley Award.

A standout on the field, Milks was named ODAC Player of the Year three consecutive times (2010-12), Lynchburg College Female Athlete of the Year three times (2011-13), All-South Region Player of the Year in 2011, and a three-time All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association (NFHCA).

A team captain in 2012, Milks' leadership extended beyond the playing field, evidenced by her recognition as a Leadership Award Recipient by the Lynchburg Student Ambassadors. She served as a student ambassador and admissions tour guide for two years. She participated in several service projects including the Salvation Army and Toys for Tots, as well as volunteering for a clothes closet fundraiser for two years at the Newington Baptist Church. Milks is also a musician and serves as a violinist on the LC Wind Symphony and Orchestra for four years each.

Anna Soho, NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee chair, described the extraordinary commitment to academics and athletics by each of the top 30 honorees.

"These distinguished women are truly quintessential NCAA student-athletes, demonstrating dedication not only to athletic achievement but academic excellence and community leadership as well," said Soho. "The NCAA applauds their achievements, and we know that they will continue to be role models and make a positive impact on the world."

The top 30 honorees can be found here.

WSET interviewed Milks and coach Steele about the honor, view it here: http://www.wset.com/story/23260267/ncaa-honor-for-lcs-shelly-milks