Thursday, August 19, 2021

Hull of a Year


written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III

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1. Hull of a Year

Hanna Hull of Virginia Wesleyan Named 2020-21 NCAA Division III Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year

Virginia Wesleyan University standout pitcher Hanna Hull has been named the 2020-2021 CoSIDA NCAA Division III Academic All-America® Overall Team Member of the Year, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

A mathematics major with a 3.65 cumulative GPA and 3.85 GPA while pursuing a master of business administration degree, Hull was selected as Division III Softball’s Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year for the second consecutive season.

A first-team selection to the Academic All-America® Division III Team the past three years, Hull was named the 2021 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Pitcher of the Year after she led Virginia Wesleyan to its third national championship in four complete seasons.

>> Behind the Numbers: She totaled a 23-3 record and three saves with 200 strikeouts, a 1.31 ERA and .134 opponent batting average in 154.2 innings pitched this spring. Hull broke Division III’s career record for pitching wins (132) and appearances (170), and finished fourth in strikeouts (1,353) and games started (138). She recorded 60 games of 10 or more strikeouts.
>> What They're Saying: “Hanna has amazed us all throughout her illustrious career for what she has done inside the circle. She is a once in a career type of talent,” said Virginia Wesleyan head coach Brandon Elliott. “However, when you combine that with the academic honors, like this, and her character she’s the standard which may not be attainable ever again.”

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>> Academic All-America Team Members of the Year



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2. In Your Face-Book

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Social media engagement is more than just the accumulation of followers across social platforms. It’s also a measurement of how many people are paying attention to and interacting with your brand on a daily basis. Businesses that focus on building their social media engagement can benefit from better marketing reach and ROI, and a greater brand awareness that makes it easier to attract new customers.

Today we continue our look at social media in Division III with conference Facebook followers.

  1. SCAC, 4,446
  2. North Coast, 3,998
  3. ODAC, 3,929
  4. CUNYAC, 3,755
  5. NESCAC, 3,021
  6. Minnesota, 2,967
  7. American Southwest, 2,910
  8. Heartland, 2,718
  9. Middle Atlantic, 2,568
  10. Centennial, 2,269
  11. Wisconsin, 2,252
  12. Presidents, 2,246
  13. American Rivers, 2,218 
  14. St. Louis, 1,855
  15. North Atlantic, 1,557
  16. Michigan, 1,475
  17. (tie) Empire 8, 1,460
  18. (tie) Ohio, 1,460
  19. CCIW, 1,317
  20. Coast to Coast, 1,297
  21. SUNYAC, 1,140
  22. CSAC, 1,125
  23. Commonwealth Coast, 1,111
  24. NACC, 1,089
  25. Upper Midwest, 941
  26. NJAC, 867
  27. MASCAC, 829
  28. Great Northeast, 775
  29. Little East, 706
  30. Northwest, 664
  31. Atlantic East, 655
  32. Liberty, 633
  33. SCIAC, 561
  34. NEWMAC, 508
  35. SAA, 493
  36. Allegheny Mountain, 351
  37. NECC, 324
  38. Midwest, 141
  39. United East, 9

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3.  Constitutional Advisory Council

The NCAA Division III Administrative Committee will create a Division III specific constitutional review advisory council. 

The council will allow for greater representation of Division III members, and it would provide feedback, input and support to the Division III representatives on the Board of Governors' constitutional review committee.

The Administrative Committee will discuss the advisory council’s composition and charge during its Aug. 30 videoconference.


4.  Preseason Poll

Our friends at have released their 18th annual preseason poll.

  1. Mary Hardin-Baylor
  2. Mount Union
  3. North Central (Ill.)
  4. UW-Whitewater
  5. Wheaton (Ill.)
  6. Saint John's
  7. Hardin-Simmons
  8. Salisbury
  9. UW-Oshkosh
  10. Linfield
>> Conference Call: Ohio (3), American Rivers (2), American Southwest (2), CCIW (2), Minnesota (2), Presidents (2), WIAC (2), Centennial (1), Empire 8 (1), Liberty (1), MAC (1), NACC (1), NJAC (1), Northwest (1), ODAC (1), SAA (1), SCIAC (1)

>> Notable: Since 2006, only three teams have been named preseason #1 by - Mary Hardin-Baylor, Mount Union and Wisconsin-Whitewater. The preseason #1 has not won the Stagg Bowl since 2014 (UWW).

>> The Top 25


5.  Comings and Goings

6. Your Holiday Gift List

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It feels way too early to think about Christmas, but now is the time to check some gifts off your list, writes Linh Ta of Axios Des Moines.

>> Why it matters: The high demand for products over the holiday season is expected to further "clog" already backed-up shipping channels, said Jennifer Blackhurst, professor of business analytics at the University of Iowa.

  • Procrastinating means running the risk of not getting your presents on time.
>> State of play: Companies are expected to suffer from bottleneck supply and demand through 2021 as they scrounge for raw materials, shipping containers and labor, Blackhurst said.>> Read the full story
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