Courtesy: Robert Barclay/CMU
Bailey Brandon Named the MAC's NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference announced Friday that Central Michigan senior defender, Bailey Brandon of the women’s soccer program, has received the conference’s nomination for the 2012-13 NCAA Woman of the Year.
On the field, Brandon was a four-time All-MAC honoree including being named to the first-team as a sophomore, junior and senior.  As a freshman, she was named the 2009 Freshman of the Year and earned second-team and All-Freshman team honors.   Bailey was twice named to the MAC All-Tournament team (2009, 2012) and received player of the week recognition the week of October 10th, 2011.  In addition to concluding her career with her third All-MAC first-team honor, Brandon received the highest athletic honor bestowed upon her by the coaches of the Mid-American Conference when she was named the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year.  She was also named a first-team Regional All-American in 2012.
Brandon also helped the Chippewas to their first three NCAA Tournament appearances during her four years starting each game for CMU, including the programs lone NCAA Tournament win in a 1-0 defeat of Purdue in 2009.
In the classroom, Brandon was earned a 3.94 GPA while double-majoring in Law and Econcomics.  For her efforts in the class, Brandon garnered numerous recognitions which included three Academic All-MAC recognitions, two CoSIDA Academic All-American honors, the 2012 Dick Enberg Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, and was a 2012 Lowe’s Senior Class National Finalist.  Her dedication in the classroom helped pave the way for CMU to earn the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s highest team GPA each year  from 2009-12.
Off the Central Michigan University campus, Brandon volunteered over 300 hours a year of community service working with organizations such as Isabella Humane Society, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, American Red Cross and Kick Away Cancer.  In addition, Bailey took part in such events as Adopt-A-Classroom, Adopt-A-Family, Habitat for Humanity, helped as a math tutor and was a plasma donor.
In its 23rd year, the NCAA Woman of the Year honors female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their college careers in academic achievement, athletic excellence, community services and leadership.
To be eligible for the Woman of the Year award, a female student athlete must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2013 spring season, graduated no later than the end of the summer 2013 term and achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
Three other student-athletes were nominated by their respective institutions including Skylar Chew of Ball State soccer, Diana Dumitrescu of Kent State track and field, and Lindsey Tobias of Toledo softball.
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