NFCA OFFICIAL RELEASE
FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU’s Cheyenne Jenks was selected to a list of players from 32 institutions and 12 different conferences that have been named to the 2009 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America teams, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced on Wednesday afternoon. Jenks earned Third Team honors with the likes of players from softball powerhouses like Arizona State and Arizona.
“We cannot be any prouder of Cheyenne for her many accomplishments,” said head coach Dave Deiros. “She has been an integral part of our success. It’s is a great honor for us to have Cheyenne recognized with the best of the best in college softball.”
Jenks becomes the first Division I All-American in Florida Gulf Coast softball program history, continuing to solidify her name in the FGCU record books. A two-sport star and the reigning A-Sun Player of the Year, Jenks hit 23 home runs to sit second in NCAA rankings while her .473 average ranks fourth. The senior also knocked in 73 runs to lead the A-Sun and tie her own A-Sun single-season record. Jenks has been a part of three Atlantic Sun Regular Season Champions during FGCU’s two seasons in the A-Sun as she was also a member of the FGCU volleyball squad. The Naples, Fla. native just recently earned a roster spot with the Chicago Bandits with the NPL (National Fastpitch Softball).
“It is a great honor to be selected as a 2009 All-American,” said senior third baseman Cheyenne Jenks. “There are a number of great players on the list and I feel fortunate to be among them. I would like to thank my coaches and teammates for their support because I could not earn this recognition alone.”
ABOUT the NFCA
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) is the professional growth organization for fastpitch softball coaches from all competitive levels of play.
The idea for a softball coaching association first developed from discussions at the National Collegiate Women's Softball Championships in the early 1980s. Although mostly collegiate coaches comprised the organization's membership in the early days, today's college coaches are joined by high school and travel ball/club coaches, umpires, as well as other fans of fastpitch softball. In 1997, the Association's membership reached the 2,000 mark, and today there are more than 4,100 members.
Besides services offered to the membership, the NFCA works with USA Today in producing polls for NCAA Division I and high school softball. In addition, NCAA Division II and Division III polls are produced. The NFCA also conducts collegiate tournament competitions, as well as recruiting camps throughout the nation. An annual NFCA National Convention is held every December.