Volleyball's Schad is a Nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Volleyball's Schad is a Nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Lauren Schad, USD VolleyballLauren Schad, a standout USD women's volleyball player and 2017 USD alumna, is a nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year. The honor recognizes one's academics, athletics, service and leadership.

Former University of San Diego volleyball standout Lauren Schad was named a nominee for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Established in 1991 and now in its 27th year, the NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.

As a senior, Schad was an AVCA All-American honorable mention selection and helped lead the Toreros to a 24-6 record. She was second on the team in kills with 273 (2.76 kps), while hitting for a .410 clip. She was also second on the team in blocks with 69, which moved herself into 10th place all-time at USD in career blocks.

Schad, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, aims to represent and inspire. She has been just as busy and successful with her community service and leadership activities during her collegiate years, including: 

Todd County and Cheyenne River Volleyball Camps 2017: Putting on camps that allow kids on the reservation to be exposed to higher levels of volleyball as well as fine tune their skills with coaches with various playing experience.

Presenter at Dream the Impossible UCSD Conference 2017: Gave speech on my personal journey and how I was recruited. Was a part of an hour-long workshop consisting of how to get recruited for college athletics in the Native American Community.

Speech/Seminar at South Dakota Middle School (predominantly Native population): Gave speech on the realities of college and collegiate athletics. Told personal story of how I got to where I was on a Division I team and how my culture guided me there.

Partnerships with Native Americans (PWNA) Volunteer: April 2008-Present: Worked in various areas to support non-profit agency serving Indian tribes in the plains and Southwest. Volunteered at nursing home during Easter meal and egg hunts on Pine Ridge, Animal Welfare projects, TOMS shoes distributions, photography and other office duties as needed. Volunteer as my schedule allows.  Also traveled throughout reservations in Arizona and did distributions for PWNA. Gave a speech to the Tohono O'odham girls' volleyball team there.

USA Collegiate Team Camp: June 2016: Volunteer. Worked as a coach representing the USA collegiate national team. Help engage participation and lead drills for girls in grades third to fifth.

Todd County Volleyball Camp: June 2016: Volunteer/Coach. Interacted with players from various reservations located in South Dakota to prepare them for upcoming season. Led drills, helped make daily activity schedule, spoke to players about personal experience in collegiate athletics, and gave demonstrations.

USA Coaches Clinic: February 2016: Volunteer. Demonstrator. Active demonstrator of drills and games for collegiate/national coaches leading volleyball seminars.

Stanford Annual Powwow: May 2015: Volunteer. Worked facilities in helping maintain cleanliness throughout the camp and arena.

Feeding America: October 2014: Volunteer. Assisted with bagging cereal and raising awareness of urban hunger.

San Diego Girl Scouts: 2014: Volunteer. Facilitated activities and led group conversations with Girl Scouts of San Diego.

A record 543 female college athletes have been nominated by NCAA member schools for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award. The school nominees represent all three NCAA divisions, with 229 from Division I, 117 from Division II and 197 from Division III. 

The NCAA encourages member schools to honor their top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award. Next, conferences will select up to two conference nominees each from the pool of school 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 nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year from those nine. The top 30 honorees will be recognized and the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced at the annual award ceremony October 22 in Indianapolis.

— USD Athletics