Softball Newcomer Kathleen Sharp Receives NJCAA Award
BALTIMORE – UMBC softball head coach Joe French brought in a pair of transfers over the offseason, one of which, junior Kathleen Sharp (Toms River, N.J./Toms River/Brookdale Community College) received the 2012-13 John Stauff Female Scholar Athlete of the Year at the annual National Junior College Athletic Assocation Region XIX awards gala. The award is given to one female student-athlete that excels both in the classroom and on the playing surface.
Sharp played two seasons with the Brookdale Community College softball team, in addition to competing on the Jersey Blues' women's soccer team. The Toms River, N.J., native helped Brookdale to a NJCAA National Tournament finals appearance in 2013, while also being named to the All-American First Team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and second team recognition from the NJCAA. Sharp also earned NJCAA Female Student-Athlete of the Year distinctions in 2013.
Off the field, Sharp was a co-chair of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, in addition to doing volunteer work with her local police department during Hurricane Sandy. She was an Academic All-American and graduated with a degree in environmental science.
French's second transfer Katlin Olesky (Irvine, Calif./Northwood/Saddleback College) also comes in with two years left of eligibility. The Irvine, Calif., native played two seasons at second base for Saddleback College in California. She batted .319 with a .507 slugging percentage in 2013, upping her average from .295 as a freshman.