Cleveland, Ohio – Northern Illinois volleyball player Kristin Hoffman has been selected by the Mid-American Conference as the MAC’s nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
As team captain, Hoffman helped lead the Huskies to the claim the MAC Regular season title this past season. She became the first Huskie to be named MAC Setter of the Year after leading the country in assists with 12.27 per set. She was named to American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America honorable mention to become a three-time All-American. She ranks second all-time at NIU in assists (4,392) and 19th in digs (796).
Outside of athletics Hoffman participated in an AmeriCorps program called Students in Service where she was required to log 300 hours of community service. Through Student in Service she worked at a daycare, tutored elementary school students, volunteered at a summer Girl Scout camp and played games at a nursing home. She also was a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee where she served as the Community Service Chair this past year.
In the classroom Hoffman graduated with a degree in history and a 3.97 GPA. She was five time member of the Northern Illinois Deans list and Honors Program. She was named to Capital One Academic All-America® First Team along with classmate Allison McGlaughlin (Third Team) to become the first teammates in NIU and MAC history to earn the recognition in the same season and also earned Capital One Academic All-Region First Team recognition.
Now in its 22nd year, the NCAA Women 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 award, a female student-athlete must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2012 spring season, graduated no later than the end of the summer 2012 term and achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
Along with Hoffman the following student-athletes were nominated by other MAC institutions: Valerie Fraizer, Akron (Track and Field); Paulina Lee, Central Michigan (Field Hockey); Tavelyn James, Eastern Michigan (Basketball); Carla Johl, Kent State (Field Hockey); Brittany Tyree, Ohio (Track and Field); Jillian Van Wagnen, Ohio (Softball); Laura Lindsay, Toledo (Swimming and Diving); Leah Grawburg, Western Michigan (Golf).