Inaugural adidas Golden Shoe Award Winners Named
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Former Florida Gulf Coast University softball standout Ashley Cecil was one of eight student-athletes named as winners of the 2005 adidas Golden Shoe Award for stolen bases according to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
The award is sponsored by adidas, the NFCA’s Official Footwear, and is presented to athletes from NFCA member schools in each of the following eight divisions: NCAA (Divisions I, II and III), NAIA, NJCAA (Divisions I, II and III), and Cal JC. The 2005 adidas Golden Shoe Award winners were determined by divisional committees made up of NFCA member coaches. The winners, by division, were as follows:
NCAA Division I — Sharonda McDonald, Texas A&M
McDonald, a sophomore outfielder for the Aggies, was a perfect 48-for-48 in stolen bases in 51 games. She averaged 0.94 swipes a game as she helped lead the Aggies to a 47-10 record and the finals of the NCAA regional tournament. She also hit .360 at the plate with nine RBIs and a team-best 53 runs scored.
NCAA Division II — Ashley Cecil, Florida Gulf Coast University
Cecil led Division II in stolen bases during 2005 with 66 successful steals in 78 attempts. She averaged 1.18 stolen bases per game as she helped guide Florida Gulf Coast to a 38-18 record on the season. In addition to her team-leading stolen bases total, Cecil led the Eagles in batting average (.408), on-base percentage (.493), runs (57), hits (73) and walks (27). Her six stolen bases in an 11-0 win over Clark Atlanta tied an 11-year old Division II record.
Cecil, who received all-America honors as well as ESPN the Magazine Academica All-American honors after her senior season in 2005, now serves as an assistant coach with FGCU.
NCAA Division III — Mary Greenway, Ferrum University
Greenway paced Ferrum in a number of offensive categories as the Panthers finished 26-15 and advanced to the NCAA regional tournament. She led Division III with 50 stolen bases in 51 attempts, an average of 1.22 per contest. She paced the squad with a .437 batting average, and collected a team-best 40 runs scored and 62 hits. She posted three triples and 14 RBIs while pacing the squad in slugging percentage (.542) and on-base percentage (.471).
NAIA — Cristina Morgado, Savannah College of Art and Design
Morgado led NAIA with 61 stolen bases in her inaugural 53 collegiate games. Morgado finished second on the squad with a .388 average as SCAD finished the season 36-17 and advanced to the NAIA national tournament. Her 64 hits and 18 walks led the squad, and she scored 46 runs while collecting three triples and 21 RBIs.
NJCAA Division I — Danielle Smith, Navarro College
Smith paced NJCAA Division I with 72 stolen bases in 77 attempts over 50 games as she helped guide Navarro to the NJCAA Division I national tournament. A 93-percent base stealer, Smith also led Navarro with a .490 batting average. She also led the team with 42 runs scored, while collecting two doubles, a triple, a home run and seven RBIs.
NJCAA Division II — Brittany Nash, Parkland College
Nash finished the 2005 season with a 92-percent stolen base percentage, leading NJCAA Division II by going 49-for-53 on the basepaths. An all-tournament selection after leading Parkland to a national runner-up finish, Nash paced the team with a .540 average, 81 runs scored and 115 hits.
NJCAA Division III — Olga Walker, Monroe College
Monroe College’s leader in a number of offensive categories, Walker ranked second in NJCAA with 26 stolen bases in 28 attempts over 15 games. Walker paced the Mustangs with a .455 average, and she collected a team-high 25 hits, three doubles, three triples and 15 RBIs.
Cal JC — Liz Perez, West Valley College
Perez guided West Valley College back to the state championship tournament as the all-state selection had 81 stolen bases in 87 attempts. She also guided the Vikings in runs, scoring 61 over 45 games.