Saint Martin’s softball stand-out Lacey McGladrey wraps up collegiate sports career with coveted GNAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award

June 6, 2014

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LACEY, Wash. – Saint Martin’s University’s lone senior softball player Lacey McGladrey was named Thursday as the 2014 female Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC).

While a number of college athletes with high grade point averages are recognized as “scholar-athletes” by GNAC each year, the Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award is a distinction given to only one female and one male student, says Rick Noren, head softball coach for the University.

“It’s pretty amazing to have such a prestigious athlete at Saint Martin’s,” he says. “It’s a great accomplishment.”

As representatives of the conference, both McGladrey and David Downs, a Seattle Pacific University student who is the other GNAC award recipient, are candidates for the 2014 Conference Commissioners Scholar-Athlete of the Year, a national award that will be announced this summer, according to a GNAC press release.

McGladrey is the first softball player in conference history to win the award, GNAC reports. She is the third female recipient from Saint Martin’s, joining basketball players Martina Kartikova in 2005 and Dara Zack in 2011.

“Lacey embodies all the characteristics you look for in a student athlete and she has applied these with balance to be both athletically and academically successful. We here at the University are extremely proud of her and her accomplishments over the past four years,” he says.

On the field, McGladrey closed out her senior year with a .377 career batting average. Statistically, she ranks third in conference history in both runs scored – 180, and walks – 94, and is fourth in doubles, fifth in hits, and ninth in stolen bases.

Noren says McGladrey, who most often played second base, has a long history of winning ways. Before she came to Saint Martin’s as a freshman, she lettered three times in softball at Bothell High School and was named a Seattle Times Player of the Week.

Following the 2011 season at Saint Martin’s, she was named GNAC Freshman of the Year and First Team All-Conference.

In 2012, she was recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) as an All-American Scholar Athlete. She also received several more honors, as she did again as a junior, when the conference named her Player of the Year, and the NFCA, as First Team All-West Region and NFCA First Team All-American.

Describing her as “a hard worker and natural leader,” Noren says, “’Scholar-athlete’ is a term we use for students who are striving for excellence at all times and Lacey has modeled this. It doesn’t matter if she’s in an accounting class, tutoring on campus or playing softball on the field, Lacey always strives to be excellent in everything she does.”

He says McGladrey will begin graduate school this fall at the University of Washington – Tacoma.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.

For additional information:

Bob Grisham
Athletic Director
Saint Martin’s University
360-438-4368; bgrisham@stmartin.edu

Rick Noren
Head Coach, Fastpitch softball
Saint Martin’s University
360-438-4296; rnoren@stmartin.edu

Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager
360-412-6126; MDwyer@stmartin.edu