INDIANAPOLIS – Recent Alverno College alumna Dani Hood '19 was selected as a nominee for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year Award as announced by the NCAA in late June.
A three-sport athlete with the Inferno, Hood was one of 585 nominees that were announced by the NCAA, which selects 10 honorees from each of its divisions; Division I, Division II, and Division III. Hood was one of 292 nominated from Division III institutions, while she was also one of the 144 multi-sport athletes nominated in total.
Hood was a four-year member of the basketball and softball teams, while also serving as a member of the tennis squad for two seasons. She recently received her Bachelor's in Science in Kinesiology – Physical Therapy, and was named a NACC Scholar Athlete for the fourth consecutive year.
Athletically she appeared in 87 games with the basketball team and had 314 career points including a career-best 127 as a senior. In her four seasons on the softball diamond, she had 12 hits and eight RBIs, while with the tennis team she earned 11 wins in singles competition, while notching nine wins in doubles action.
Following the nomination process, each conference including the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference will select up to two nominees each from their respective schools. That selected list will then be sent to the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the top 30 honorees, with 10 from each division.
That list will then be honed down to the top three nominees from each division, with the nine finalists announced in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will then select the 2019 Woman of the Year from those remaining nine student-athletes.
To be eligible for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, the nominee must have completed their intercollegiate eligibility and receive their undergraduate degree no later than the summer 2019 term. The student-athlete must also have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.50.