INDIANAPOLIS, IND. --The NCAA has selected 10 extraordinary student-athletes who will be honored in January as the Today's Top 10 Award winners. Among the winners for the 2012-13 school year is University of North Carolina women's soccer midfielder Amber Brooks.
The NCAA Today's Top 10 Award recognizes student-athletes for their successes on the fields and courts, in the classroom and in the community. The award recipients completed their athletics eligibility during the 2012-13 academic year and were recognized at the Honors Celebration during the NCAA Convention in San Diego, Calif. which began January 16, 2014.
Brooks is the fifth University of North Carolina student-athlete to win the award. She is the third UNC women's soccer player to be so honored. Other winners from UNC have been swimmer Sue Walsh in 1985, soccer player Heather O'Reilly in 2007, track and field performer Laura Gerraughty in 2007 and women's soccer player Yael Averbuch in 2009.
The NCAA Honors Committee selects the honorees and is comprised of athletics administrators at member schools and conferences, as well as nationally distinguished former student-athletes.
Previously, the award recognized eight student-athletes and was known as Today's Top VIII. The NCAA Honors Committee expanded the award in 2013 to include 10 honorees in order to recognize the increased number of student-athletes, sports and championship opportunities.
Amber Brooks Brief Biography
School: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Major: Communication Studies
Four-year starter and two-time captain of the women's soccer team, Amber Brooks graduated from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in August 2013 with a bachelor's degree in communication studies. In 2012, the two-time national champion (2009 and 2012) was named to the NCAA all-tournament team. She was selected by Top Drawer Soccer as the 2012 National Player of the Year and was a finalist for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. She was a member of the 2009 and 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference championship teams at UNC. Brooks was a Capital One All-American in 2011 and 2012, a three-time ACC Honor Roll selection (2009, 2011 and 2012) and ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2012. She also captains the United States U23 national women's soccer team and was named Most Valuable Player of the Four Nations Tournament in Spain. UNC will honor her later this year by retiring her soccer jersey number (22).
The 2014 Today's Top 10 awardees are:
Brigetta Barett, Arizona, Women's Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Amber Brooks, North Carolina, Women's Soccer
Raven Chavanne, Tennessee, Softball
Elena Delle Donne, Delaware, Women's Basketball and Volleyball
Ellie Duffy, Concordia University (Minn.), Volleyball
Barrett Jones, Alabama, Football
Jocelyne Lamourex, North Dakota, Ice Hockey
Tim Nelson, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Men's Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Kayla Shull, Clarion University, Women's Swimming and DivingMary Weatherholt, Nebraska, Women's Tennis