Northern Illinois University softball player Shelby Miller was named to the Mid-American Conference’s 2014 Softball Academic All-MAC Team, the league announced today.
“Shelby is a class character for our program so it’s nice to see her continue to be recognized for all she’s done,” said NIU head coach Christina Sutcliffe. “She’s received some really prestigious awards this year.
“It’s one of our priorities as a program. We want to be class citizens in the community and in the classroom. Ultimately, that’s the end goal for them … to have a future of their own and be a success in their chosen profession.”
A native of Ottawa, Kan., Miller boasts a 3.7 grade point average in organizational communication. One of five Huskies to start all 57 games for NIU in 2014, she was a two-time MAC West Player of the Week and was among the team leaders in nine offensive categories. She tallied a career-highs 50 hits in her senior campaign, including nine doubles and five home runs. Her 33 runs scored was also a career best and Miller finished her career second on NIU’s all-time home runs list with 22.
Miller, the lone NIU representative on the 22-person team, she picked up her first academic all-MAC of her career and is the third conference honor she has received this season. In addition to player of the week and academic all-MAC honors, Miller was the 2014 Nan Harvey Sportswoman of the Year Award winner.
In addition to Miller’s selection, Nicole Gremillion (Missouri City, Texas/Elkins), Ashley Kopp (Burr Ridge, Ill./Hinsdale South) and Bryanna Phelan (Coal City, Ill./Coal City) garnered honorable mention accolades.
Miller’s selection this year marks the third-straight season a Huskie has earned a spot on the Academic All-MAC Team. Gremillion and Amanda Sheppard (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest) made the team last year, and Gremillion took the honors in 2012.