Recent Signee Malmen Named Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year by NFCA
Aug. 7, 2011
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The National Fastpitch Coaches Association and Diamond Sports, on Friday (Aug. 5), announced the 10 student-athletes that have earned the honor of being named as a 2011 Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year.
Included in that list is Jena Malmen, a rising sophomore at Kirkwood (Iowa) Community College who has signed to play at Indiana University in 2012. Malmen had a stand-out freshman campaign with Kirkwood in 2011 and helped lead them to a seventh place finish at this year's national tournament. The Orion, Ill., native hit .398 for the Eagles this season while driving in the nation's fifth highest total of runs at 74 and leading the nation in home runs with 28. The Indiana signee also turned in a .994 fielding percentage after committing just three errors in 533 chances behind the plate.
A native of Orion, Ill., Malmen played high school softball at Orion High School and set single-season school records in batting average (.582), hits (54), home runs (8) and career home runs (17). She was a unanimous All-Olympic Conference team member from 2008-10 and a Dispatch-Argus All-Area selection for three years. She was named Second Team All-State as a senior as well.
The Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year award is presented annually to the top catcher from an NFCA member institution in each of the following divisions: NCAA (Divisions I, II and III), NAIA, NJCAA (Divisions I, II and III), Cal JC, NWAACC and high school.
A committee comprised of head coaches in each of the 10 divisions determines the winner of their respective award. The winners of the 2011 Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year award are as follows:
NCAA Division I - Kaylyn Castillio, Arizona State University
NCAA Division II - Christine Roser, Rollins College
NCAA Division III - Emilee Lepp, Linfield College
NAIA - Amy Madden, Southern Nazarene University
NJCAA Division I - Veronika Fukunishi, Miami Dade College
NJCAA Division II - Jena Malmen, Kirkwood Community College
NJCAA Division III - Andrea Schoephoerster, Anoka Ramsey Community College
Cal JC - Adriana Perez, Antelope Valley College
NWAACC - Cassi Ellis, Wenatchee Valley College
High School - Sarah Mooney, North Mecklenburg High School (N.C.)
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