Ferris soccer player is nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Rogers concluded her FSU career last season

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University women's soccer student-athlete Bri Rogers (Livonia), who completed her collegiate eligibility for the Bulldogs this past year, has been selected as a 2022 nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

The NCAA Woman of the Year program was established in 1991 and honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions. To be eligible, a nominee must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport and must have earned her undergraduate degree by summer 2022.

With 2022 marking the 50th anniversary of Title IX, this year's NCAA Woman of the Year award provides an important opportunity to honor incredible women and reflect on the impact of women on intercollegiate sports. This year, nearly 220,000 women are competing in college sports and the NCAA received 577 nominations for this prestigious award.

The top 30 honorees – 10 per division – will be announced in October and the finalists – three per division – are announced in November. The 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced at the 2023 NCAA Convention in January.

Rogers concluded her Bulldog career as one of the top performers in program history and was previously honored as the 2022 recipient of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (GLIAC) prestigious Pat Riepma Post Graduate Scholarship.

Rogers capped off her standout soccer career at Ferris State by becoming the second Bulldog in program history to earn All-America honors. Last fall, Rogers totaled 10 goals and two assists, helping lead FSU to a 15-3-4 overall record, which included a second-place 9-2-4 conference mark. The Bulldogs also captured the program's first-ever GLIAC Tournament Championship, stopping GVSU's 14-year title streak, and advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament for only the second time in program history.

A three-year team captain, Rogers earned First Team All-GLIAC honors in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021 (spring and fall). She finished her career with 28 goals scored. A United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-American (2019, 2021), a United Soccer Coaches Player of Distinction (2021) and a two-time GLIAC Commissioner's Award recipient, Rogers graduated in 2021 magna cum laude with a 3.84 grade point average, majoring in biology with a minor in Spanish. She is currently enrolled in the Ferris State College of Pharmacy, where she is developing novel anticancer drug targets.

In 2021, she received FSU's prestigious William Bouyer Award for Leadership. Rogers has served as president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee for the past two years and has been a member of the organization for the past four years. She is also a member of the College of Pharmacy Dean's Advisory Board and the Lambda Kappa Sigma Professional Sorority.

Rogers wrapped up a stellar collegiate career by being named to two All-America teams this past season, becoming only the second All-America choice in the history of Bulldog Soccer. She was tabbed to both the United Soccer Coaches All-America and Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA) All-America Third Teams as announced by the respective organizations. Additionally, she was chosen as a United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-American for FSU for the second time.

The Bulldog senior concluded the 2021 fall campaign with 10 goals and two assists for 22 points in 22 contests, ranking among the squad's scoring leaders. She also had a pair of game-winning goals and totaled 51 shots on the season. In her FSU career, Rogers earned GLIAC All-Academic Excellence honors four times.

During Rogers' Bulldog career, Ferris State made its first two NCAA Tournament appearances in program history and also captured both the program's first GLIAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships over her time in the program.

For 32 years, the NCAA Woman of the Year award has honored the academic achievements, athletic excellence, community service and leadership of outstanding female college athletes. Rooted in Title IX and directed by the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics, this program celebrates the accomplishments of female college athletes across all three NCAA divisions.

You can learn more about the award program, including previous winners, by visiting ncaa.org/woty