July 27 – GREENVILLE, Pa. – Former Bethany College volleyball standout Julia Mouch (Toledo, Ohio/Sylvania Southview) has been selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference nominee for this year’s National Collegiate Athletic Association Woman of the Year Award, announced the PAC on Wednesday.
The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted
their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
Mouch was one of 51 athletes to be honored at the Division III level, joining 54 from Division I and 37 from Division II.
“For Julia to earn the PAC’s nomination for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year award is a perfect completion to her career at Bethany,” said Bethany Director of Athletics Brian Rose. “Julia made her mark in so many ways during the last four years and deserved every one of the honors she has received.
“Bethany has an extensive history of NCAA Woman of the Year winners when it was awarded on the state level and Julia’s long list of achievements on the volleyball court, on campus and in the community makes her more than qualified to etch her name with those outstanding women.”
Mouch, a four-year starter on the women’s volleyball team, helped guide the Green & White to 118 wins, while also posting a 62-10 record in PAC action. The record marked the best win totals of any four-year class in program history.
She completed her career ranked second on Bethany’s all-time career digs list (2,644) and is just the fourth player in school history to be named an All-PAC selection in each of her four seasons.
Academically, Mouch finished her undergraduate career with the Bison with a 3.96 grade-point average in chemistry. She graduated summa cum laude and was a three-time College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District honoree. She also earned a spot on four PAC Academic Honor Roll lists, and was named to Bethany’s Presidents’ list on eight occasions.
Mouch was awarded with the Jerry R. Allison Chemistry Award, given to the top graduating chemistry student at the College, and served as a fellow in the chemistry department. She is a member of Bethany’s branch of the American Chemical Society (ACS), serving as the organization’s vice president, and the Pre-Health Professions Club, serving as treasurer. She was also active with the College’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
A participant in Bethany’s Kalon Leaders Scholarship Program, she is an active member of Alpha Epsilon Delta (health pre-professional honorary) Kappa Mu Epsilon (national mathematics honorary) Gamma Sigma Epsilon (national chemistry honorary) and Beta Beta Beta (national biology honorary).
"The NCAA’s Woman of the Year program annually honors the 'Best of the Best' in college athletics, and Julia (Mouch) undoubtedly qualifies," said PAC commissioner Joe Onderko. "Her athletic successes as a women’s volleyball player, paired with her outstanding academic accomplishments and her extensive resume of campus leadership and community service activities, make her an ideal choice to represent the Presidents' Athletic Conference in this prestigious national award program."
The Woman of the Year selection committee will next select the top 10 honorees in each division. These top 30 honorees will be announced in September. The selection committee will then choose and announce the top nine finalists (three from each division) in September. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics (CWA) will vote from amongst those nine finalists to determine the 2016 Woman of the Year.
The top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at the annual award ceremony October 16 in Indianapolis.