The USA South Rita Wiggs Woman of the Year Award

2019 USA South Rita Wiggs Woman of the Year: Lindsey Pritchard - Methodist University 

The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. The USA South Athletic Conference's 2019 Rita Wiggs Woman of the Year and nominee for the NCAA award is Methodist University senior cross country and track & field student-athlete Lindsey Pritchard. The Conference honoree is chosen through a specific process outlined by the NCAA.

The USA South Woman of the Year Award is named after former Conference Commissioner Rita Wiggs. Wiggs, a tireless advocate of women's collegiate athletics as well a constant encourager of service to one's community, was the USA South's first full-time Commissioner serving the League for 16 years. In the spring of 2016 she was inducted into the USA South Hall of Fame.

Pritchard, a dual-sport athlete for the Monarchs, competing in cross country as well as track & field, concluded her collegiate athletic career this past spring. After battling injuries her first two years, she rebounded to become a two-time First Team All-Conference honoree in cross country, which included an individual championship at the 2017 Conference Championship. Pritchard was also named All-South/Southeast region that season. On the track, she set one meet and two program records. 

Academically, Pritchard accumulated a 4.00 GPA while majoring in Environmental and Occupational Management as well as Spanish with a minor in Military Science. She was a three-time Methodist Scholar-Athlete of the Year, two-time USA South Academic All-Conference honoree, earned Academic All-American status in 2018 and was named the 2019 Methodist University Lucius Stacy Weaver Award, given to a student who shows service, academic and spiritual excellence. 

Pritchard was heavily involved in Methodist's Army ROTC program and this spring was given the Pallas Athene Award which is presented to the top-two female Army ROTC Cadets in the country. She also earned the Army ROTC MOAA Scholarship and Award in 2018 and received Methodist's President's ROTC Award in 2019. Additional campus activities involved serving as President of Methodist's Environmental Club, being a member of the Global Ambassadors Organization, being active in Methodist's Hispanic Club, volunteering with parking and security detail at MU events, painting faces at a St. Andrews Academy Festival and organizing a booth at MU Service Day. 

Pritchard's name and accolades will now be forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee. The committee will choose the top ten nominees in each division (I, II and III). From among those 30 honorees, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. From those nine, the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be chosen.

For more information on the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, click HERE.

Past Winners (Click on their name to learn more, if available):

     
Carson Williams
William Peace
2018
Volleyball

Jessica Long
Averett
2017
Softball 

Ruth Terry
Covenant
2016
Soccer

Nicole Barringer
Averett
2015
Volleyball

Laura Pantlin
Meredith
2014
Cross Country

Stephanie Green
Christopher Newport
2013
Lacrosse

Mackenzie Tingle
N.C. Wesleyan

2012
Volleyball

Cara Jacobs
Ferrum
2011
Lacrosse

Michelle Lemmons
Greensboro
2010
Tennis

Erin Wojtkun
Christopher Newport
2009
Soccer

Jenne Johnson
Greensboro
2008
Softball

Ashley Glover
Christopher Newport
2007
Soccer