Coryn Schmit Among Top NCAA Female Student-Athletes

Coryn Schmit is being considered for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Coryn Schmit is being considered for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.

June 13, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS – On the coattails of being named a first team Capital One Academic All-American, Coryn Schmit is now one of just two finalists from the Horizon League placed in a pool of female student-athletes spanning from Division I to Division III to be considered for the 23rd annual NCAA Woman of the Year award, it was announced from the Horizon League headquarters Thursday morning.

“We are so excited and proud to know that Coryn is being considered for this prestigious award,” head UIC softball coach Michelle Venturella said. “She has distinguished herself both on and off the field through maintaining her 4.0 grade-point average, raising money for breast cancer through the FLAMEingo Drive and being such a key player for us. The fact that she is being considered is a tremendous honor.”

The NCAA Woman of the Year award began in 1991 as a way to honor graduating women in intercollegiate athletics and their accomplishments. The award highlights not only athletic achievements, but also academic honors, community service and leadership efforts.

The first baseman from Hawthorn Hills, Ill., (Lake Zurich) is just the ninth Academic All-American in UIC history, including being named a third team selection in 2012. She is only the second first team honoree.

A member of the UIC softball team from 2010-2013, Schmit has compiled a lengthy resume, beginning with her flawless 4.0 grade-point average in kinesiology and being a member of the Honors College. In addition to her Third Team Academic All-American status in 2012, she has been a first team Academic All-District Five honoree in 2012 and 2013.  She is a three-time (2011,12,13) UIC Female Student-Athlete of the Year. She was awarded for being the kinesiology student-athlete with the highest GPA in 2012, she is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Honors and the Golden Key International Honors Society.



During her career on the softball team, she was named to the Horizon League all-Newcomer team as a freshman in 2010, before being selected to the First Team all-Horizon League and all-tournament team as a sophomore. During her sophomore season, she led the team in homeruns with 10, she was the March Scholar-Athlete of the Month and she was named the Horizon League Player of the Week on April 4, 2011. During her senior season, she was a Horizon League pre-season team honoree and was a Second Team all-Horizon League selection.

After earning the G.P.P.A for physical therapy, she secured a spot in UIC’s graduate school for physical therapy, which she will begin in the Fall of 2013.

Schmit, along with Youngstown State’s Brandi Brown (women’s basketball) were the Horizon League selections. The two nominees will now be evaluated by the NCAA committee, where the pool will be narrowed down to 10 honorees in each division. That decision will be made in August.

Be sure to check back to for an update on Schmit’s status in her race for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.

 Click here for the Horizon League release.