Cleveland, Ohio—Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) was named DI-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete, the association announced Tuesday. McCarley was one of ten student-athletes to earn the distinction.
"This is the perfect way for Taylor to end her decorated career on and off the court," head coach Phil Stern said of the McCarley. "She is the definition of what it means to be a student-athlete."
McCarley holds a 3.42 grade point average as a psychology major, and was named to the America East All-Conference First Team this past March. The senior ranks fourth in scoring (1,449), third in assists (488) and third in steals (236) on the UMBC all-time lists. She is the all-time leader in free throws made (539) and free throws attempted (740).
During her career, McCarley has been named to the America East All-Rookie Team, All-Conference Third Team, as well as All-Defensive Team and All-Conference First Team twice.
"Our association is thrilled with the high quality of this year's group of women's and men's scholar-athlete award winners," stated Tim Hall, chair of the Division I-AAA Scholar-Athlete Team Selection Committee and athletics director at UMBC. "Our basketball programs are the primary focus of I-AAA athletics and recognizing these scholar-athletes, the Scholar-Athletes of the Year and the postgraduate scholarship recipients for their outstanding accomplishments is very gratifying for our organization."
Basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions are eligible for these prestigious awards. Each of the nominees was required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletics credentials. Nominated student-athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games listed on the nomination form. To be eligible for nomination to the Scholar-Athlete Team, he/she must have reached JUNIOR academic standing at their institution (ineligible athletics transfers are not eligible). To be eligible for the postgraduate scholarship, he/she must have completed eight semesters or the equivalent number of quarters at their institution. Preference was given to those on track to graduate in spring/summer 2017.
About Division I-AAA ADA: Now in its 16th year, the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance initiatives common to its Division I-AAA membership (the 99 Division I institutions that do not sponsor football), in particular, aspects related to their flagship basketball programs. For more information on the Division I-AAA ADA, please visit www.div1aaa-ada.com. The Division I-AAA ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 52nd year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.