Emily Howell, a senior from East Stroudsburg University, was named the 2017 DII Athlete of the Year nominee for field hockey as announced by Executive Director Chris Voelz of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda.
She is now designated one of 11 finalists for the prestigious DII Athlete of the Year honor. This will be voted on at the end of the academic year by national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of the CWSA program, now in its 41st year.
Howell, a native of Bangor, Pa., is a two-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA)DII All-America first team selection and was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Defensive Athlete of the Year. She helped ESU to a share of its second straight PSAC regular season title and second straight NCAA DII Tournament appearance. As a junior in 2015, she helped ESU to its first-ever PSAC and NCAA DII championships. She was also the 2015 PSAC Tournament MVP. The Warriors posted a 34-8 record in her final two seasons, going 19-3 in 2015 and 15-5 in 2016.
She is ESU’s second field hockey player to be honored, following Ashley Kocis in 2006.
“I am both humbled and honored to receive the Division II nomination for the Honda award for field hockey,” Howell said. “I have had great role models in my life and am extremely grateful for my teammates, high school and college coaches, ESU administration, friends, family and my biggest supporter, my mom, who have all helped shape me into the person I am today.”
“Emily Howell is one of the most dedicated, intense, hard-working and talented athletes that I have had the pleasure of coaching in 33 years at ESU,” said ESU head coach Sandy Miller. “She has excelled on the field, in the classroom and in the extracurricular arena. I am very proud of her well-deserved selection as the Honda award nominee for Division II field hockey.”
All sports nominees from DII and DIII become a finalist for the prestigious 2017 Honda Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, presented in a live telecast on June 26, 2017, in downtown Los Angeles. The sports nominees are recognized in 11 DII and DIII NCAA-sanctioned sports; cross country, basketball, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, volleyball, and track & field.
THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 41 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $3.5 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.