SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo graduate Marie Coors was named the 2016-17 Sunshine State Conference Woman of the Year, becoming the first athlete in SSC history to claim all three of the conference's major awards for women: Woman of the Year, Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and Female Athlete of the Year.
The Gross-Zimmern, Germany, native is the second Saint Leo student-athlete to receive the SSC Woman of the Year award, joining former women's soccer standout Virginia Davenport who earned the accolade in 2007-08.
The award is but the most recent for Coors, who has become the most decorated student-athlete in Saint Leo history.
The 2017 Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Division II Golfer of the Year and a First Team All-American, Coors captured the individual championship at the 2017 NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championship in May after carding a seven-over 295 over 72 holes. She finished the season with a 72.16 stroke average over 32 rounds, posting the lowest stroke average of any Division II women's golfer and 22nd-lowest among all collegiate women's golfers regardless of division. Coors was named the 2017 SSC Women's Golfer of the Year, the second straight year she has received the honor, and was a First Team All-SSC selection.
Coors won three tournaments during the 2016-17 campaign with 10 top five finishes. She finished among the top 10 in all 12 events in which she competed during the season.
Academically, the economics major and native of Gross-Zimmern, Germany, was the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) 2017 Division II Women's At-Large Academic All-America of the Year, as well as a First Team Academic All-America. She won the NCAA Elite 90 Award for the 2017 NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championship, for having the highest grade point average of any competitor in the national championship.
Coors was the recipient of Saint Leo's Clara McDonald Olson Scholastic Excellence Award, presented to the member of the graduating class with the highest GPA attained over four years at Saint Leo University.
Coors was active in Saint Leo's Accounting Club and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and volunteered in support of Saint Leo's Make-A-Wish fundraising efforts. Off-campus, she volunteered at Northbridge Church in Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Grace Lutheran Church in Tampa during her four years at Saint Leo.
In addition to her Sunshine State Conference and CoSIDA awards, Coors was named the Division II Honda Athlete of the Year nominee for women's golf, making her one of 11 finalists for the Division II Honda Athlete of the Year award.
Over the course of her four-year career at Saint Leo, Coors has amassed an unprecedented array of athletic and academic accolades.
Among Coors' achievements and honors over her Saint Leo career: she is a two-time medalist at the SSC Women's Golf Championship (2014 & 2016), a two-time SSC Women's Golfer of the Year, a three-time WGCA All-American, and a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American. Coors has advanced to the NCAA national championship on three occasions – twice as an individual in 2014 and 2017, and once as part of Saint Leo's 2016 team that finished tied for fourth place at the championship. She also took medalist honors at the 2014 NCAA South Super Regional as a freshman.
Voting for the SSC Woman of the Year award was conducted among the conference's athletics directors, senior woman administrators, athletics communications directors, and faculty athletics representatives. Candidates were scored based on the NCAA Woman of the Year award criteria.
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