FALL 2012
Grace Collins: NCAA Woman of the Year Candidate
Barry University softball player
Grace Collins was named a Top 9
finalist for the 2012 NCAA Woman
of the Year this past Fall.
The semi-finalists were comprised
of 10 female student-athletes from
each of the NCAA’s three divisions.
Then in September, the finalists
were trimmed to nine, represent-
ing three from each division. All 30
finalists were invited to the NCAA
Woman of the Year banquet in In-
dianapolis this past October.
Collins, a Tampa native who
graduated in May with a 3.871 grade
point average, earning a dual degree
in history and philosophy in the
honors program, became the eighth
Buccaneer to be chosen as a finalist.
Barry’s eight finalists are the most
for a Division II institution for the
prestigious female student-athlete
career categories. She is first in sac-
rifice hits (46), second in hits (229),
third in at-bats (630), tied for fourth
in stolen bases (77), tied for fourth
in starts (199), fifth in games played
(204), sixth in batting average (.363),
sixth in runs (129), eighth in on-base
percentage (.410), eighth in total
bases (249) and 10th in stolen base
percentage (.875).
Collins founded the America’s
Moms for Soldiers Care Project at
Barry, sending monthly care pack-
ages to American soldiers, Marines
and airmen serving in Iraq and
Afghanistan. She served as president
of the Phi Sigma Tau philosophy
honor society, was a member of
the Phi Alpha Theta history honor
society and two prestigious national
honor societies, Delta Epsilon Sigma
and Kappa Gamma Pi. She was also
captain of Barry’s Ethics Bowl team.
Vice President of Barry’s Stu-
dent Athletic Advisory Committee,
Collins represented the school and
SSC at the NCAA Career in Sports
Forum. The Forum is a four-day
event at which select student-athletes
explore and are educated on careers
in sports with a primary focus on
intercollegiate athletics. Participants
are given an educational opportunity
to learn and gain valuable exposure
to careers in sports, specifically in ar-
eas of coaching, administration and
sports entertainment. They examine
key functions of a coach or admin-
istrator within athletics, including
foundational skills such as com-
munication, networking, recruiting,
managing culture, transitioning and
budgeting. Additionally, the Forum
dispels myths about careers in athlet-
ics, and facilitates the opportunity to
gather information from current and
future athletics professionals.
She is the
third Barry
to represent the
Sunshine State
as the league’s
recipient. Last
year, Bucs
women’s ten-
nis player Barbi
Pocza received
the honor. In
2006, women’s
tennis player
Greta Trotman
was the SSC’s
recipient. Prior
to the confer-
ence nominating
format, Barry
had five student-
athletes chosen
as Florida’s
when the award
process was
broken down by
states. The eight
finalists are tied with the Univer-
sity of Georgia for the most in the
Collins became the first Barry
student-athlete to win the school’s
President Award as the top graduat-
ing senior. She also is a two-time Sr.
Jeanne O’Laughlin Community Ser-
vice Award winner at the school. In
the summer, she also won an NCAA
post-graduate scholarship, becoming
one of 29 female and 29 male spring
sports student-athletes to receive
$7,500 towards graduate school. She
elected to attend the Levin College
of Law at the University of Florida.
A four-year starter for the Bucca-
neers, Collins received All-American
honors the past two seasons. She
had a .363 career batting average
with 229 hits, 64 RBI, 77 stolen
bases and 129 runs scored. She
ranks in the Top 10 in 11 school
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