ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure women's lacrosse graduate Destinee Johnson has been selected as the university's NCAA Woman of the Year nominee. All 14 Atlantic 10 schools have submitted nominees for the national honor, which were announced Friday by the A-10, representing seven sports.
The league's Senior Woman Administrators will vote on the nominees to select two who will represent the Atlantic 10 Conference as 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year finalists.
The A-10 institutional nominees have been recognized for their leadership and service to their community as well as exceptional academic prowess and notable athletic success. The candidates have noteworthy credentials, including serving as student-athlete leaders, as well as garnering national and A-10 academic honors, and All-Conference awards, and postseason championship participation. A full profile of each candidate will be shared on Atlantic10.com beginning Tuesday, July 13.
A three-year team captain, Johnson finished her Bonnies playing career this spring ranking 13th all-time in program assists (34) and 19th in both goals (56) and points (90). She earned her MBA, graduating summa cum laude with a cumulative GPA of 3.85 after receiving her bachelor's degree in sports studies, earning both Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team and CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.
Away from the field, she has been a part of many community service projects including Special Olympics, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Operation Christmas Child, the Warming House, HEADstrong Foundation, Great Strides walk and more. She also helped support her team's CJD Foundation fundraiser the past two years while also supporting SAAC initiatives on campus including the group's mental health awareness campaign.
The Rochester native is a five-year member of the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and was selected to the NCAA Emerging Leaders seminar earlier this year. Earlier this spring, she was selected as SBU's 2021 Female Letterwinner recipient, earning the award which is presented every year to one senior male and one senior female student-athlete who have assembled outstanding records of athletic accomplishments over their careers and have proven instrumental to their teams' success.
One of the most prestigious NCAA awards, the NCAA established the Woman of the Year Award in 1991 to celebrate the achievements of women in intercollegiate athletics. Now in its 31st year, the NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
Per the NCAA, all conference-level nominees are forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee. The selection committee will choose the top 10 honorees in each division. From among those 30 honorees, the selection committee will determine the three finalists in each division. Finally, the members of the Committee on Women's Athletics will vote from among the top nine finalists to determine the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year. The top 30 honorees will be honored, and the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced this fall.
Johnson recently joined the St. Bonaventure athletics department staff in a full-time position in the university's athletics compliance office.