Stevens Institute of Technology women's soccer midfielder Bridgette Barden has been nominated by the Empire 8 Athletic Conference for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year award. This award honors a senior female student-athlete who has distinguished herself throughout her collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.
Barden amassed a 3.77 grade-point average and graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering. She is a three-time Co-SIDA Academic All-District honoree and was named to the Dean's List and E8 President's List every semester. Barden was a member of Tau Beta Pi and the Stevens Scholars' program and received several merit and leadership awards.
Over her illustrious four-year career, Barden ranks ninth all-time with 22 goals scored and 11th with 53 points and 75 games started. The Redondo Beach native was also a four-time All-Empire 8 selection and the conference's Rookie of the Year in 2010.
The Stevens women's soccer program posted an overall mark of 51-22-7 while Barden patrolled the midfield with two Empire 8 titles and two trips to the NCAA Division III Championship.
Barden landed on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region first-team in 2011 and 2013. In 2010 and 2012, Barden was a second-team honoree and became just the second Stevens' women's soccer student-athlete to achieve four all-region honors in the program's 22-year history. The midfielder was also named to the second-team NSCAA Scholar All-Region squad in 2013.
The two-year team captain took her leadership qualities off the field and served as a part-time employee of Northrop Grumman (2013-14) where she led the re-vamp of the systems engineering common practice guide. She also maintained point of contact for systems engineering website updates. During 2012, she was a Mechanical Design Teaching Assistant in which she aided younger design groups with projects and graded reports.
"Being a leader on campus made it all the more important to set a good example through service."
Barden committed countless hours to projects and organizations both on the Stevens campus and within the city of Hoboken. She has served as co-President and Professional Chair of the Society of Women Engineers, assisted with youth soccer clinics and was a student ambassador for STEM where she helped younger girls with science projects. Barden was part of the Hurricane Sandy Emergency Response team in 2012, participated in the Tunnel to Towers Run (2011 & 2013), and took part in the soccer teams service trip to Paraguay in 2013 where they helped develop classrooms.
"My experiences as a leader in the Society of Women engineers and as a member of the women's soccer team have helped me come to the understanding that building meaningful relationships in life is vital to making a positive impact," stated Barden.
Barden will now be forwarded to the national NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee. The committee will choose the top ten nominees in each division (I, II and III). From among those 30 honorees, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. From those nine, the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year will be chosen.