PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 16, 2013) – Rutgers softball senior Kaci Madden (Saratoga, N.Y.) has been chosen as the female winner of the American Eagle Outfitters Michael Tranghese Postgraduate Leadership Award, the BIG EAST announced Thursday.
This marks the third-straight year that a Rutgers student-athlete has been selected for the award. As chosen by the BIG EAST Conference Academic Affairs Committee, Madden joins Notre Dame tennis standout Michael Moore as this year’s honoree. Each student-athlete will receive a $5,000 scholarship to be applied to postgraduate study.
Starting 50 of 51 games behind the plate this season, Madden posted a .235 batting average with 15 RBIs and 12 runs scored. Slugging at a .330 clip, the catcher boasted a .990 fielding percentage. Madden was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after going 5-for-9 with a home run in a 4-1 week for RU on March 30.
The awards are given to one male and one female student-athlete from a BIG EAST-sponsored sport who have been admitted to a degree-granting or professional program for the following year and who have demonstrated leadership through excellence in academic credentials, athletic performance and depth of commitment to service within the institution or the community.
The award is named for Michael Tranghese, the BIG EAST’s first full-time employee who served as commissioner of the conference from 1990 to 2009.