CARMEL, Ind. – Maddie Fleet of Franklin College women’s soccer has been named a 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee. Nominated by Franklin College, Fleet was then selected as the Woman of the Year representative by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC). Fleet is one of 149 conference level honorees to receive this honor across all three NCAA Divisions.
Fleet had a decorated career with the Grizzlies, being named the Jenny Johnson-Kappes Award winner, bestowed to the top senior female student-athlete.
The driving force behind the most successful four-year run in program history, Fleet captured the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's (HCAC) Offensive Player of the Year all four campaigns, becoming the first player in the history of the league to do so. Additionally, she was a named an All-American by the United Soccer Coaches in 2016 and 2017 and is a four-time all-region selection by the coaches' association.
She ended her career last fall as the program's all-time leader in goals (96), assists (34), points (226) and game-winning goals (22). The Grizzlies won 54 matches with Fleet suiting up in the blue and gold, including a pair of HCAC regular season titles and the first HCAC tournament title in the fall of 2017.
Fleet was also recognized on several occasions for her work in the classroom, becoming the first student-athlete in school history to be named CoSIDA Academic All-America on three occasions. In 2017, Fleet became the first player in program history to be named a First Team Academic All-American, an honor sandwiched between Second Team Academic All-America honors in 2016 and 2018.
"Being nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year is the icing on the cake for Maddie's great career," Head coach Cristin Allen said. "She's been honored for her soccer and academic successes, but she means so much more than that. Maddie exemplifies what is means to be a great person and we have been fortunate to have her as our role model at FC and in our soccer program."
Next, conference-level nominations will be forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee, which will choose the top 10 honorees in each of the three NCAA divisions. The NCAA will announce the Top 30 honorees on ncaa.org in early September. From among those 30 candidates, the selection committee determines the top three finalists in each division. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year from the nine finalists. The 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced at an awards dinner in Indianapolis on Sunday, October 20, 2019.