Williams is a senior at Bethel College
(Updated with comments from Caitlin Williams)
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced 312 women's basketball student-athletes have been named 2019 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Representing the Bethel Threshers on this list are seniors Caitlin Williams (SR/Wellington, Kan.) and Riley Schmieder (SR/Wellman, Iowa).
This is the first year Williams is eligible for the award, while Schmieder is a repeat-honoree after being named an NAIA Scholar-Athlete last season. Williams is an Athletic Training major at Bethel. Schmieder is studying Biology while also minoring in Chemistry and Spanish.
In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, must appear on the eligibility certificate for the sport and have attended two full years as a non-transfer or one full year as a transfer.
We spoke with Caitlin Tuesday evening and she said, “I just finished up my senior season of basketball a few weeks ago, so now I am really focusing on my academics. I am majoring in Athletic Training and set to graduate next December.
I plan to take my board of certification test (BOC) next February or April. Hopefully, I will pass on the first time, and then I will start applying for jobs either at the college or high school level to be a certified athletic trainer. As far as location goes, I am open to pretty much anywhere. I've grown up in Kansas my entire life, so I would like to go somewhere else, preferably somewhere warm.”
Looking back, Caitlin said that she, “was born in Seattle, Washington, but my family moved back to Wellington when I was 3 or 4. So, I like to say I am from Wellington, because that's where I grew up. That's all I remember growing up.
What I enjoyed the most about Wellington was the support of the community. There was always a big crowd at home football games and I can't really remember a basketball game where the gym was empty. It was always such a great feeling looking into the stands during a game seeing how many people were there, or how loud we were during a Friday night football game. Just the support they give to the high school and middle school activities is incredible. That is part of the reason I have loved my time at Bethel, the Bethel community is the same way.”