Special to Gatorsports.com
AUSTIN, Texas — Kendyl Lindaman became Florida softball’s latest player to receive College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America of the Year. CoSIDA announced the award along with their Academic All-American teams for the sport Thursday.
Lindaman is now the third player in program history to be honored as the sport’s Academic All-America of the Year as she joins former pitchers Stacey Nelson (2009) and Kelly Barnhill (2018).
Overall, the Ankeny, Iowa native is the 14th UF student-athlete to earn the prestigious accolade.
“I’m proud of the way Kendyl has been able to consistently achieve success at an elite level, both as a student and athlete.” UF coach Tim Walton said. “A lot of hard work goes into being able to achieve that level of success and the balance she has able to achieve as a student-athlete is a prime example of the standard we strive to achieve as a program with all of our student-athletes.”
Lindaman graduated Cum Laude this past May with her bachelor’s in Educational Sciences and will now pursue a master’s degree in Sport Management as she enters her final year as a player.
“I am deeply honored to be named the CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year in softball.” Lindaman said. “As a student-athlete I strive for success on the field, but I have always placed academics as my top priority. I am grateful to the University of Florida for giving me the opportunity to have success at the highest level, both in the classroom and on the field.”
As a program, Florida softball has now produced 14 players who have received 22 Academic All-American accolades – which leads all UF athletic programs. During Walton’s tenure at the helm, 11 players have earned 19 Academic All-American honors.
Florida – Google Cloud Academic All-America of Year
|2013||Elizabeth Beisel||Swimming||Women’s At-Large||1st*|
|2009||Tim Tebow||Football||Football||1st *|
|2009||Stacey Nelson||Softball||Softball||1st *|
|2008||Tim Tebow||Football||Football||1st *|
|1999||Erin Baxter||Soccer||Women’s At-Large||1st*|
The Southeastern Conference has produced 13 Academic All-America of Year recipients from softball since 1997 and has claimed the award for the eighth consecutive year.
Google Cloud Academic All-America of Year (since 1997)
|2019||Bailey Hemphill||Alabama||Designated Player|
|2010||Chelsea Bramlett||Mississippi State||Catcher|
|2008||Angela Tincher||Virginia Tech||Pitcher|
|2005||Megan Meyer||Seton Hall||Pitcher|
|2004||Kate Jaspers||Mississippi State||Infield|
|2002||Jarrah Myers||Notre Dame||Catcher|
|1999||Isonette Polonius||East Carolina||Infield|