SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara's Stacey Schmidt, a two-time All-American volleyball player and two-time Big West Scholar Athlete, has been selected as the Big West Conference's candidate for NCAA Woman of the Year, it was announced Wednesday.
UCSB submitted Schmidt's nomination to the Big West Conference and they, in turn, selected her as the conference's choice .
A native of Huntington Beach, Calif., Schmidt was selected for her achievement in athletics, academics, community service and leadership. As an undergraduate student, she received her BA in business economics and possessed a 3.51 grad point average. Schmidt is currently in graduate school at UCSB and is seeking her MA in Economics. In addition to being a two-time Big West Scholar Athlete, she was a 2010 Golden Eagle Award winner earned Dean's List recognition three times.
Athletically, Schmidt was not only a two-time Honorable Mention All-American, but she is one of five Gauchos in history to be named First Team All-Big West three times and one of nine to earn two First Team All-West Region selections. A right side hitter, she ranks in UCSB's all-time top-10 in hitting percentage and in its top-20 in kills and solo blocks.
The 2011 Team Captain, Schmidt served for two years on the department's Student Athlete Advisory Board. As a member of SAAB, she served as the chair of the Community Service Committee. Among her on-going community service, she serves as a Special Olympics coach and instructor, she interns for Team-Up World which fundraises for non-profits, she is a food server at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, is a PathPoint job coach, advocating for people with disabilities, and she volunteers as a volleyball coach at local middle schools.
Schmidt's other service activities have involved Adopt-A-Family Holiday Project, Big West Coin Drive, Living Scholar Beach Clean-up and primary organizer of a Special Olympics track meet.