Aug. 23, 2011
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Former UAB women's soccer player Danielle Blair has been named as one of the Top 30 honorees for the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
Blair is the first UAB athlete in school history to be tabbed to the prestigious Top 30 list.
The list is composed of 10 student-athletes from each NCAA division and the honorees were selected from a group of 142 conference nominees. The list will be narrowed to nine finalists from which the Woman of the Year will be chosen by the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics. The winner will be announced at a dinner in Indianapolis on Sunday, Oct. 16.
The NCAA Woman of the Year Award, now in its 21st year, honors senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. Student-athletes are nominated only once in their career.
One of the most decorated players in Blazer history, Blair received numerous awards in her four-year career in the Green and Gold. The Toronto, Ontario native was a three-time ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America selection, twice was named to the Conference USA All-Academic team and earned the league's Academic Medal all four years.
In addition, Blair was named the C-USA Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's soccer for the 2009-10 academic year.
Blair, a native of Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, maintained a 3.98 GPA as a triple major in marketing, management and industrial distribution with a minor in sales. Because of her efforts she received the C-USA Postgraduate Scholarship. Dedicated to community service, Blair received the C-USA Spirit of Service Award in December 2009.
Blair not only excelled in the classroom and community, but also on the field. The defender started all 21 matches as a senior in 2009, helped UAB to a school-record 8-0 start and played a key role in producing seven shutouts on the season. She started a total of 66 matches during her Blazer career.
Following her career at UAB, Blair played for the Trinidad and Tobago Soca Princesses Women's National Team, for which she competed in the Women's World Cup Qualifying rounds.
She currently works as a Product Supply Services Leadership Associate at Coca-Cola Refreshments.