Chelsea Goodman Woman of the Year Nominee

Former Cougar All-American Chelsea Goodman has been nominated as the 2008 NCAA Woman of the Year. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

COLORADO SPRINGS -- Former BYU women's volleyball standout and two-time All-American Chelsea Goodman has been nominated by the Mountain West Conference for the 18th annual NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors student-athletes in their senior year of academic eligibility for their collegiate achievements in service, leadership, athletics and academics.

Goodman played for the Cougars from 2004-07 as an outside hitter. She finished her career ranked seventh all-time in program history in career kills (1,493), fifth in career kills per game (3.92) and sixth in career digs (1,100). Her career kills and kills per game marks are fourth in MWC history while her career dig tally is second, just nine off the league record.

A three-time All-MWC selection and four-time academic All-MWC honoree, Goodman capped off her Cougar career in 2007 with a spot on the AVCA All-America Third Team. A native from Mesa, Ariz., Goodman earned All-Region honors twice and finished her career as the MWC all-time leader in double-doubles with 57.

Goodman graduated from BYU in April with a bachelor's degree in school health. She now serves as an assistant coach for the BYU women's volleyball team.

In August, 2008, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics (CWA) will select the top 10 winners in each division. From among those 30 honorees, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. Finally, the members of the CWA will vote from among the top nine finalists to determine the 2008 NCAA Woman of the Year. The top 10 honorees and the nine finalists from Divisions I, II and III will be honored and the 2008 NCAA Woman of the Year winner announced at a dinner in Indianapolis, Ind., on Oct. 19, 2008.

In 2006 the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics (CWA) changed the nomination format to a conference rather than state winner system. In the past two years, 249 student-athletes were nominated by their conference, representing multiple ethnicities and all NCAA-sponsored sports within Divisions I, II and III.