Ashley Windmiller, a junior at William Woods University, received the Helen Stephens Award at the university’s co-curricular honors banquet, April 19. She is the daughter of John and Debbie Windmiller of Salisbury, Mo.
The award is presented to an outstanding junior athlete who has achieved excellence both in the classroom and in the area of intercollegiate athletics. The student must demonstrate the talent, discipline and desire that best describes the legacy of Olympic Gold medalist and William Woods alumna Helen Stephens.
A softball player for 10 years, Windmiller is a member of the varsity softball team, and has received numerous awards. She was named to the American Midwest Conference (AMC) 1st Team All-Conference for both 2004 and 2005, as well as the Region V 1st Team 2005. She was honored as AMC Freshman of the Year in 2004.
Windmiller was the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics 1st Team All-America 2005 Catcher, and she broke the WWU Softball Career Home Run Record as a sophomore. She currently has 28 homeruns, and is on track to break Career RBI record. She was named to both the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) 2nd Team All-America 2005, and the NFCA 1st Team All-Region 2005, both as catcher.
Besides softball, Windmiller’s dedication is shown in the classroom. She is an excellent student with a 3.62 cumulative GPA, and has been on the Dean’s List every semester. She is a sports management and physical education major, and has been part of the AMC Academic All-Conference for 2004 and 2005.
This current year she is both NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete and Region V Scholar-Athlete, and her devotion to being the best she can be is seen both on the softball field, and in the classroom.