Grand Valley State Softball's Hannah Beatus named NCAA Woman of the Year Top 30 honoree

Grand Valley State Softball's Hannah Beatus named NCAA Woman of the Year Top 30 honoree

Courtesy of the NCAA and Grand Valley State Athletic Communications

GLIAC/NCAA -- Grand Valley State softball pitcher Hannah Beatus has been named an NCAA Woman of the Year Top 30 honoree for the 2022-23 athletic year announced by the NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee today (Oct. 23). Established in 1991, the award is rooted in Title IX and recognizes female student-athletes across all NCAA divisions who have completed their undergraduate studies and distinguished themselves in their community, in athletics and in academics throughout their college careers.

The selection committee will determine three honorees from each NCAA division, for a total of nine finalists. From those finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will choose the 2023 NCAA Woman of the Year that will be announced in January.

Beatus led the GVSU softball team to a runner-up finish in the 2023 NCAA Division II Softball Championship. A three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American and two-time Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-American, she earned first-team NFCA and D2CCA honors in 2023. The 2023 D2CCA Midwest Pitcher of the Year helped her team to five straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate titles, and she received all-conference first team and conference Pitcher of the Year honors in 2021, 2022 and 2023. Beatus holds the Grand Valley State record for career no-hitters (8), ranks second in career wins (97) and third in all-time career strikeouts (766) and career batting average against (.185). A 2022 College Sports Communicators third-team Academic All-American, Beatus was named the 2023 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned the spring 2023 Commissioner's Award for her academic and athletic performances.

Beatus was a three-year member of the campus Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She served as president for 2020-21 and event coordinator from 2018-20. She was a four-year fellow at the Hauenstein Center Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy, serving as a lead fellow from 2021-23. In that role, she helped create leadership development curriculum, mentored small groups and led community engagement efforts.