SOURCE: Point Loma Nazarene University

Point Loma Nazarene University

November 06, 2009 09:00 ET

PLNU's Cheryl Schaefer Inducted Into NAIA Hall of Fame

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes Recently Announced Their 2009-2010 Hall of Fame Inductees, Including Point Loma Nazarene University Softball Athlete Cheryl Schaefer

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - November 6, 2009) - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced its 2009-2010 Hall of Fame class on Wednesday. Among recipients is PLNU's Cheryl Schaefer, who will be inducted at the NAIA Softball National Championships in Decatur, Ala., on May 19, 2010.

Schaefer (Bolding during her playing days) came to PLNU in 2000 and became one of the university's most decorated student-athletes. As a shortstop and leadoff hitter, she earned All-GSAC and NAIA All-Region II honors all four years and was a three-time conference MVP and NAIA All-American. She was NAIA Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002 and was a key member of the Sea Lions softball program that won two GSAC championships, two NAIA Region II titles, and appeared in three consecutive NAIA National Championship Tournaments. Point Loma reached the NAIA title game in 2002 and finished fifth in 2001 and 2003.

Schaefer holds school records for most career hits (318) and runs scored (196). She maintained a lifetime batting average of .395, had the most career stolen bases and hits in the NAIA, and had the most hits in a single season upon graduation. Schaefer became an assistant softball coach for PLNU in 2004 and was recently promoted to interim head coach. She also played professionally with the Arizona Heat.

"I am very honored to receive this award," Schaefer said. "It is such a privilege to be a part of such an elite group of athletes and individuals... I wouldn't have this opportunity if it wasn't for my coaches and teammates. I'd like to thank them for all their hard work and the amazing memories I hold so close to my heart."

Schaefer will be the eighth Point Loma Nazarene representative in the NAIA Hall of Fame.

About Point Loma Nazarene University:

Point Loma Nazarene University is a selective liberal arts university located in San Diego, Calif., and sits on a 90-acre campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean. In addition to more than 50 undergraduate areas of study, PLNU offers graduate program regional centers in Bakersfield, Arcadia, Mission Valley (San Diego) and the Inland Empire. Founded in 1902, PLNU serves more than 3,500 students.

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