BOCA RATON, Fla. - (June 15, 2017) – Former Florida Atlantic University softball player Nikki Myers (1999-02) has been selected for induction into the Atlantic Sun Conference Hall of Fame. Joining her in the class of 2017 will be fellow ASUN alums Colin Montgomerie (Houston Baptist, golf), Russell Knox (Jacksonville, golf), Chris Westervelt (Stetson, baseball) and Keri McKee Cortolano (Kennesaw State, softball). The Hall of Fame's third annual induction ceremony will take place on October 16, 2017 on the campus of ASUN member New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ. Myers was a member of the inaugural class of the FAU Athletics Hall of Fame, inducted in 2006.
Myers is the most highly decorated player in the history of ASUN and FAU softball. A three-time ASUN Player of the Year, Myers’ talent also translated into four ASUN Tournament MVP honors as she helped the Owls to a conference title in each of her four seasons at FAU. She ranks in the Top 10 of 14 ASUN career statistical categories and continues to hold distinction as the ASUN single-season leader in ERA, strikeouts, wins, complete games and shutouts. During her stellar career, she was named ASUN Pitcher of the Week 15 times and Player of the Week another six.
“Nikki really jumpstarted the FAU softball program and began the tradition of strong pitching, which led us to nine ASUN championships,” said FAU Head Softball Coach Joan Joyce. “She also was an outstanding hitter, leading the team in hitting all four years and is still the all-time leader in career home runs along with being a two-time All-American. She did all of that while majoring in pre-med. I'm very proud of Nikki, and I couldn't have picked a better person to be FAU softball's first inductee into the ASUN Hall of Fame.”
Myers’ national recognition is equally impressive. She earned NCAA All-Regional Team and Second Team All-American honors twice, and in 2002 she was a top-10 finalist for National Player of the Year. When she graduated, Myers was fifth all-time in NCAA history with 1,376 career strikeouts. Historically, she remains among the NCAA's all-time leaders in eight categories, including a top-10 ranking with 25 strikeouts in a game (T-6th). Additionally, in 2002 she led the nation with 36 victories on the year. Myers is still atop the FAU Softball record book in numerous pitching and offensive categories.
Named FAU's Female Athlete of the Year in 1999, Myers extended her collegiate career by playing professionally for the Akron Racers (2004) and for the Connecticut Brakettes (2006).