Caroline Casey, a William and Mary women's soccer All-American last season at goalkeeper, was named as one of 517 nominees for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year.
Casey graduated with a degree in kinesiology and health sciences with a concentration in pre-med and currently plays with Sky Blue FC of the National Women's Soccer League.
Some of Casey's accomplishments, which were complemented by an active volunteering presence, included a Provost Award (3.5 GPA, or higher) in 2015 along with induction in Chi Alpha Sigma, which is a national honor society for junior or senior athletes with a 3.5 GPA, or higher.
Casey, of Chesapeake, has also earned two CAA Commissioner's Academic Awards, for a GPA of 3.2 or better, for 2013 and 2014.
She started every game of her Tribe career and finished ranked second all-time with 301 career saves, while her 29 shutouts rank her third all-time.
Of the nominees for the national award, 231 competed in Division I, 117 competed in Division II and 169 competed in Division III athletics. The nominees also represent 21 different women's sports, and 127 of the nominees competed in more than one sport in college.
Next, conferences assess their member school nominees and select up to two conference nominees. The Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will then choose the top 30 honorees, 10 from each division.
From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top-three honorees from each division and announces the nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses from among those nine.
The top-30 honorees will be honored and the winner announced Oct. 16 in Indianapolis.
Ryan Adams will complete new head volleyball coach Melissa Ferris' staff for the 2016 season.
Adams was most recently the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Bucknell University for the past two seasons.
Abby Gilleland, a two-time All-American for Ohio University, was also recently announced as a new Tribe assistant coach.
George Mason graduate Nate Kellogg will join Matt Crispino's staff as an assistant coach, leaving his head coaching post at Georgia Southern after 12 years as the Eagles' all-time wins leader.