Logan Eggleston becomes first Texas student-athlete to be named NCAA Woman of the Year

Dollita Okine January 19, 2024
Logan Eggleston, an All-American volleyball player at Texas, was selected as the 2023 NCAA Woman of the Year at a ceremony honoring the Top 30 honorees held at the NCAA Convention in Phoenix. Photo Credit: Instagram, Logan Eggleston

Logan Eggleston, an All-American volleyball player at Texas, was selected as the 2023 NCAA Woman of the Year at a ceremony honoring the Top 30 honorees held at the NCAA Convention in Phoenix. 

In the award’s 33-year history, she becomes the first student-athlete from Texas to be chosen for it. According to the NCAA, the award was established in 1991 to recognize graduating female student-athletes who have excelled in athletics, academics, leadership, and community service.

With her professional volleyball responsibilities keeping her away, Eggleston’s parents accepted the honor on her behalf.

Expressing her excitement, Eggleston said, “It was such an honor to be nominated. There are so many amazing student-athletes across the country who are going through their own journeys and their own hardships and finding ways to power through, find success and just grow as people. To be listed alongside some of these amazing student-athletes is incredible, and I’m so honored to have even been considered.” 

The 23-year-old began her career at Texas in 2018 and made an immediate impact, earning Big 12 Conference Player of the Year honors in her first season. During her five-year career, Eggleston was an American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American five times, including three first-team honors, as well as a three-time Big 12 Conference Player of the Year. She is one of only two players in conference history to earn first-team All-Big 12 honors five times. 

The trailblazer won the 2022 AVCA National Player of the Year Award and the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player title after leading her team to victory in the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship. 

She also received the 2023 Honda Sport Award for Volleyball, given to the outstanding collegiate female volleyball player. She was a finalist in both 2021 and 2022.  

Logan presided over the Texas Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for two years. During that time, she assisted in the creation of the Longhorns for Engagement, Access, and Development Initiative, which distributes money from Texas athletics to charitable groups that support Austin’s diverse communities. 

She also helped establish the Developing Neighborhood Texas Fund, which raises funds for athletic equipment and sports opportunities for Austin’s poor children.

Using her platform to reflect the perspectives of other student-athletes, Eggleston spoke on behalf of all student-athletes at College Athlete Day, which brought the 2022–23 NCAA national champions from all three divisions to the White House on June 12, 2023. 

“It was one of the craziest and coolest experiences. I got to be inside the White House and stand on stage beside Vice President Kamala Harris. I talked about the sacrifice, hard work and commitment that it takes to compete for a national championship and got to share my feelings, knowing that everyone in the crowd had the same experience and knew exactly what I was talking about,” she remarked. 

She was also the first volleyball player in Texas history to receive first-team All-America and first-team Academic All-America recognition. 

The young prodigy was further selected to the 2022 All-Star team, twice recognized as an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar, and awarded the McLendon Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship in 2023, which carries a $10,000 scholarship for postgraduate study in athletic management. 

She received both the NCAA Walter Byers Scholarship and the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for the academic year 2022-23. 

Eggleston is now pursuing her master’s degree in sports management at Texas while playing professional volleyball for Galatasaray Sports Club in Istanbul, Turkey. 

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: January 19, 2024


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