INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.— Former Swarthmore women's soccer star Marin McCoy has been chosen as one of nine finalists for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Each of the nine finalists will be honored at an awards dinner Oct. 20 in Indianapolis, where the 2019 Woman of the Year will be announced.
The nine finalists — including three from each NCAA division — demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers. Finalists were selected from a group of 30 Woman of the Year honorees, who will be recognized during the event. That group of 30 includes 10 honorees from each NCAA division and represents a range of sports. Schools nominated a record 585 college athletes for the award.
A biology major from Denver, Colo., McCoy graduated from Swarthmore last spring with a 3.91 cumulative grade point average. Excelling on the field, in the classroom, and serving her community, McCoy became the sixth Swarthmore student-athlete to earn the Centennial Conference nomination for NCAA Woman of the Year this past summer.
School: Swarthmore College
Conference: Centennial Conference
“By lifting up and expanding access to women, queer, low-income and nonwhite individuals, I believe sport can embody a transformative and equitable society.”
Former Swarthmore women’s soccer captain Marin McCoy leveraged her position as a leader to focus on inclusiveness and wellness in her community. In 2019, McCoy co-founded the Swarthmore Body Project, a body-positive group on campus that helped students talk about body image and face societal pressures in healthy ways. She volunteered with Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, where she was a STEM and body movement instructor working mostly with girls of color from low-income families. She dedicated extensive hours of service as a sexual health advisor on campus and a Speak2Swatties peer mentor, where she fought to remove stigma surrounding mental illness. McCoy also interned at Rainbow Alley, a drop-in center for LGBTQ youth.
A biology major, McCoy was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society in 2019. In 2018, she earned second-team Google Cloud Academic All-America honors. She is a three-time Academic All-Centennial team member (2016, 2017 and 2018) and three-time member of the Centennial Conference honor roll (2016, 2017 and 2018). McCoy is also a two-time member of the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area team (2017 and 2018).
On the soccer field, McCoy led her team to two conference championships (2017 and 2018) and four NCAA tournament appearances. She was a two-time Centennial Player of the Year (2017 and 2018) and earned United Soccer Coaches first-team All-America honors in 2018. McCoy holds school records in goals (57), assists (35) and all-time points (149). In 2019, McCoy received the Gladys Irish Award, presented to a woman who, through her commitment, dedication and the pure enjoyment of the sport, has achieved the highest level of excellence. She also was the 2017 recipient of the Eleanor Kay Hess Award, which honors a woman who exemplifies love of athletics, leadership, hard work, fairness and objectivity.