Stedman Named Finalist for Jostens Trophy
Contact: Justin Long
AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College senior guard Caroline Stedman has been named a finalist for the prestigious Jostens Trophy, which recognizes the most outstanding men’s and women’s Division III basketball players of the year.
The Jostens Trophy takes into account basketball ability, academic prowess and community service. The award models the Rotary International motto of "Service Above Self" by recognizing those who truly fit the ideal of the well-rounded Division III student-athlete.
Caroline Stedman '12 is the only NESCAC female
student-athlete among the Jostens Trophy finalists.
“It’s great to see one of your players get recognized by one of the most prestigious awards Division III has to offer,” says Amherst head coach G.P. Gromacki. “Caroline exemplifies everything the Jostens Trophy values in a student-athlete. It’s a terrific honor, and the entire team is very happy for her.”
Ten men’s finalists and 10 women’s finalists were announced today by members of the Rotary Club of Salem, Va. A winner will be determined next week, with the awards presentation scheduled for Thursday, Mar. 15 at the Salem Civic Center in conjunction with the Men’s Division III Championship.
Stedman has a chance to become the first-ever NESCAC woman to earn the Jostens Trophy in the award’s 15-year history, as she is the conference’s only representative among this year’s 10 finalists. A complete list of the 20 finalists can be found below.
Despite working tirelessly as a double major while competing on a basketball team that has played 33 games in each of the past three seasons, Stedman continues to donate her time to her school and community. Most notably, she volunteered in Costa Rica during the summer of 2010, helping run a literacy camp, open a library and teach English classes in severely under-resourced areas.
Stedman has also joined her teammates in participating in A Better Chance (ABC), tutoring under-privileged urban students who have had the opportunity to receive their education in Amherst. For the past three years she has been a member of Amherst’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE), taking on administrative duties and assisting with service events.
Stedman volunteered in Costa Rica in the summer of 2010.
This past summer Stedman began working with a professor of economics to research the socio-economic and environmental impact of payments for ecosystem services in Mexico. Earlier this month she joined her teammates in taking part in Project Coach to work with youths from the Springfield area in an effort to empower them in the athletic realm.
In addition to donating time to her community and team, Stedman maintains a 3.5 GPA as a double major in economics and Spanish. She is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District recipient, and later this winter she will also earn a second consecutive selection to the NESCAC All-Academic Team.
Stedman’s success on the basketball court has been nothing short of remarkable. Her honors include selections to the NESCAC All-Conference teams, as well as the WBCA and D3hoops.com All-America squads. In 2010 she was tabbed the NESCAC and D3hoops.com Northeast Player of the Year, and this season she was named to the D3hoops.com Preseason All-America ranks.
During the 2010-11 season Stedman sustained an injury that sidelined her for three games heading into the team’s winter break, as she began the New Year facing an uphill battle. Her recovery took time, but she earned her way back into the starting lineup and averaged 13.1 points in her final 18 games of the season. During that stretch she earned a NESCAC Player of the Week selection, and she was later named to the All-NESCAC Second Team and D3hoops.com All-Region First Team. She saved her best for last, leading Amherst in scoring in the national semifinals (18) and in the title game (19) en route to Final Four MVP honors.
With 1,165 career points, Stedman is one of the most decorated players in program history. She has played in integral role in leading Amherst to three Final Four appearances, three NESCAC championships and the 2011 national title, as the Lord Jeffs have posted a 120-6 record in the past four years. In the past three years she has led Amherst in scoring 30 times, and she currently ranks 7th among the program's all-time leaders in scoring (1,165), 12th in assists (189) and 5th in blocks (87).
Addition information—including a list of this year’s Jostens Trophy finalists—can be found on the Old Dominion Athletic Conference website.
Read more about Stedman's volunteer work in Costa Rica.