ST. LOUIS – Recent graduate and former Billiken women's soccer standout defender Kacey Bright is Saint Louis University's nominee for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Bright is one of 13 individuals nominated by Atlantic 10 Conference institutions.
Candidates are nominated based on academic success, athletic accomplishments and active leadership in the community. The A-10's Council of Senior Woman Administrators will select from the 13 candidates the nominee(s) who will represent the conference in the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year program.
Bright, who earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science (physical therapy concentration), graduated with a 3.783 cumulative grade point average. This year, she was Saint Louis' recipient of an A-10 Postgraduate Scholarship; co-recipient of SLU's Outstanding Female Senior Student-Athlete award; a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America second-team selection; a College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District 6 honoree; an A-10 All-Academic choice; and SLU's nominee for the Senior CLASS Award for collegiate women's soccer.
Bright made the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll in six of eight semesters, and she was a Saint Louis University Dean's List honoree in five of those eight semesters.
Bright played in 67 games and drew 57 starting assignments during her career. She was a full-time starter in 2015 and 2016, helping lead Saint Louis to a combined 0.94 goals against average during those seasons.
Bright was rewarded for her role in the success of the 2016 Billikens, who posted a 14-4-2 record and finished second in the A-10 regular-season standings. She was named A-10 Defensive Player of the Year and was selected to the Mid-Atlantic All-Region and A-10 All-Conference first teams.
In her senior campaign, Bright led Saint Louis field players with 1,806 minutes (90.3 minutes per game) and played every minute in 17 of SLU's 20 contests. She guided a defensive effort that lifted the Billikens to the top of the A-10 in shutouts (nine, including five vs. conference opponents) as well as 39th nationally and second in the league in goals against average (0.82).
Also highly active in the community, Bright has served the St. Louis area in several capacities. She has served meals at Campus Kitchen, spent numerous Saturday mornings interacting with individuals at the Special Needs Soccer Association and participated in Relay For Life events at SLU. Bright also has tutored fellow students, volunteered at the St. Louis Color Run 5K and encouraged physical activity by playing soccer with students at the St. Louis Immersion School.One of the most prestigious NCAA honors, the Woman of the Year Award was established in 1991 to celebrate the achievements of women in intercollegiate athletics. Now in its 27th year, this unique award recognizes the athletic achievements of outstanding young women as well as their academic achievements, community service and leadership.