Senior Shannon Stricker (Morrisville, Pa./Conwell Egan) will end her career on the University of Scranton softball team as one of the more decorated student-athletes in program history, and on Tuesday, she added another award to her long list of career accomplishments, as she was named to the 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American Team for NCAA Division III softball, earning a spot on the Third Team.
With today's selection, Stricker becomes just the fourth student-athlete in Scranton softball program history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-American honors, joining Kelly Guiton (1987, Second Team), Cheryl Zekas (1990, Third Team) and Kelly Zaccheo (2012, Third Team) as the only student-athletes all-time to earn the award.
For Stricker, a selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-American Team is a fitting bookend to a stellar career both on and off the field at the University of Scranton.
On the field, Stricker ends her career at or near the top in several all-time statistical categories. She finishes on top all-time in defensive assists (318), second in career hits (183), doubles (41), and runs scored (107), third in RBI (115) and fourth in batting average (.400).
Awards wise, Stricker earned All-Landmark Conference honors all four years she was in the program, nabbing First Team accolades twice ('15 and '16) and Second Team honors twice ('14, '17). A selection to the Landmark's All-Decade Team, Stricker was named the conference's Player of the Year after the 2016 season, as well.
Off the field, Stricker earned CoSIDA Academic All-District Honors twice ('16, '17), and boasts a 3.88 grade point average as a Health Administration major at the University of Scranton (with minors in business and coaching). The Landmark Conference's Senior Scholar Athlete for softball in 2017, Stricker also earned a spot on the conference's Academic Honor Roll three times ('15, '16, '17).
A selection to the University of Scranton dean's list in each semester she has been on campus, Stricker is a member of the Scranton's Honors Program, the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, and Omega Beta Sigma (Women's Business Honors Society).
A participant at the 2015 NCAA Career in Sports Forum, she has also been the President of the Health Administration Society, was softball's team representative on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC), and volunteered at the Leahy Community Health Center Food Pantry, and at softball clinics and camps, as well.
To view the full 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-American Team for NCAA Division III softball, click here.