May 22, 2012
Senior catcher Kelsey Kittleson of Luther College has been chosen as the 2012 NCAA Division III Academic All-America® of the Year award winner for softball, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Last season, Kittleson was selected as the College Division Academic All-America® of the Year.
Kittleson, a Biology major with a 4.00 GPA, Kittleson recently became the first student-athlete in NCAA history to be named the Elite 88/89 Award winner three times in the same sport. A second team National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American, Kittleson led the Norse to three consecutive NCAA Division III Softball championship appearances. Luther finished fifth finish this season. A native of St. Ansgar, Iowa, Kittleson also earned first-team All-Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and first-team All-Midwest Region honors while batting .372 with 11 home runs and 50 RBI’s.
She started all 50 games behind the plate and posted a .987 fielding percentage with only five errors in 371 fielding chances. She threw out 18 of 32 base runners attempting to steal and added five pick offs to her defensive resume.
With this honor, Kittleson becomes the 50th Luther student-athlete to be named a CoSIDA Academic All-America® and the first to be a two-time recipient of the Academic All-America® of the Year award.
The Capital One Division III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2011-12 D-III Academic All-America® teams program.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
Kittleson, a 2008 graduate of St. Ansgar High School, is the daughter of Barry and Pam Kittleson of St. Ansgar, Iowa.
St. Ansgar, Iowa