LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Freshman Courtney McKenna was named National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) First Team All-Region for the 2017 season.
McKenna was one of two freshmen named to the New England Region first team and only one of ten freshmen overall named to one of the eight regions' first team. She is also the 13th player in school history to be named First Team All-Region and the first since Jessie Richardson was a First-Team selection as an at-large in 2014.
McKenna burst on to the scene this season for Coast Guard leading the Bears in seven different offensive categories even though she missed the final six game of the season due to injury.
McKenna led the entire NEWMAC, batting .495 on the season. Her batting average is also currently 13th in all of Division III. She fell one point short of tying the single season record at the Academy of .496. She was third in the conference in OBP (.510), tied for fourth in doubles (11) and hits (46), tied for fifth in RBI's (31) and sixth in slugging (.688).
She also earned second team NEWMAC honors and was named Athlete of the Week twice this season and will be the Bears top offensive threat next year to a team that returns all but on player that batted .320 with 181 runs batted in.
All-Region players are nominated and selected by NFCA member coaches in each of the eight Division III regions. First Team All-Region choices are eligible for selection to the NFCA All-America team, which will be announced the evening of May 24 online at NFCA.org and in person at the NCAA Division III Championship banquet in Oklahoma City.
As in the past, the squad of 360 players is comprised of three 15-player teams in each of the country's eight NCAA regions.