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Softball Player Named 'Woman of the Year'

February 10, 2011

Atlantic Cape Community College softball player Brittany Yachere, a Mays Landing native and 2008 graduate of Oakcrest High School, was named a “Woman of the Year” by the New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. Women of the Year recipients were honored at the 19th annual New Jersey National Girls and Women in Sports Day awards luncheon at Seton Hall University Feb. 6.

“I was surprised,” said Yachere. “I don’t play to get recognized – I just love softball!”

 “She’s a natural leader, great role model and the other players look up to her," said Evelyn Morozzi, Atlantic Cape’s softball coach and award nominator.

Yachere, who plays first base and serves as team captain, was instrumental in recruiting players for Atlantic Cape’s softball team in 2010.

“The hardest part was finding girls who wanted to play,” Yachere, 20, said. “A lot of girls I tried to recruit were too busy with work and school to join the team.”

An aspiring college softball coach, Yachere is a General Studies major and maintains a 3.0 grade point average. She has been on the Dean’s List and the All-Academic Team at Atlantic Cape.

Each year, the NJAIAW presents the Woman of the Year award to one exceptional athlete from each college and university in the state for their achievements in athletics, academics and community service.

Yachere says her goal for her team in the 2011 season is to improve teamwork and to win a few games.

“I’ve gotten to know the girls on the team at a personal level,” Yachere said. “We’re not just teammates, we’re a family.”