Polk State sophomore Stephanie Koutsoumbaris today was named the 2014 Dudley NJCAA Division I Softball Player of the Year. She is the first Polk State player to receive this honor.
A catcher/outfielder, her top-50 batting average of .442 was highlighted by a team-high .742 slugging percentage. She ranked 12th in the nation with 22 doubles to go along with 11 home runs and 73 RBIs 17th most in the country.
"This is a fantastic honor for Stephanie, and a credit to the hard work she has put in," said head coach Jeff Ellis.
"It is nice to see her recognized on not only a regional basis but also a national one. She has brought tremendous recognition to our program, and I am very proud of her.
"I am usually not at a loss for words when it comes to talking about one of my players, and can normally talk a blue streak, but this honor for Stephanie has left me speechless and in awe."
Behind Koutsoumbaris's stellar play, the Eagles clinched the Suncoast Conference championship with a 41-12 record. Polk State went on to finish the season at 45-14 after falling in the championship game of the Region 8 Gulf tournament.
Finishing up at Polk State this summer, Koutsoumbaris has received interest from Syracuse, Binghamton, and Rollins.
Koutsoumbaris ended her Polk State career tied for most RBI in a season (73), first in career RBI (143) and third in career hits (170), doubles (41), home runs (19), and batting average (.424).
Earlier this month she received 2014 FCSAA Player of the Year and Suncoast Conference Player of the Year honors. In addition, she earned a spot on this year's NJCAA Softball All-America First Team.
She attended University High School in Palm Harbor, Fla.