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Woman of the Year finalist: Bailey Vrazel

Stats in the classroom and community outshine impressive numbers on softball field

Vrazel stole 246 bases in her career, the second-most in Division II history.

Bailey Vrazel
Texas Woman’s University
Softball
DivisionII
Lone Star Conference

Academics
GPA: 4.00
Major: Kinesiology, pre-physical therapy
Three-time Academic All-America honors
Elite 89 Award winner, 2013 • Chancellor’s list, every semester
2014 Academic All-America of the Year for softball

Athletics
Two-time NFCA DII Golden Shoe Award winner as nation’s top base stealer
Tied for DII record for stolen bases in one season
Led all collegiate softball players (across all divisions) in stolen bases in 2011 and 2012
Ranks second in DII career stolen bases

Community Service
Organizations served: Angleton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Texas Coalition of Animal Protection, Denton Animal Shelter Foundation, among others

Leadership
Two-time team captain
Two years on campus SAAC

Dedicating her life to the service of others inspires Bailey Vrazel on a daily basis. A former softball student-athlete and kinesiology major at Texas Woman’s University, she knows what it means to give her best on and off the field.

It is no secret Vrazel made a mark on the field – she is the most decorated softball student-athlete in Pioneer program history – yet her performance in the classroom and contributions to the community were just as impactful.

“Academics are what will get you further in your life, not just being an athlete,” Vrazel said. “I feel like you need both in order to better yourself.”

She has been a coach and tutor while also volunteering her time to the Texas Coalition of Animal Protection, Good Samaritan Nursing Home and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Denton, among others. She took on these myriad responsibilities while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.

Through her efforts in the community, she became particularly fond of working with geriatric patients at a hospital’s acute care and in-patient rehab centers. She and her teammates also enjoyed visiting a local senior assisted-living facility – they were returning the favor to a group of residents who had attended all of their home softball games.

Vrazel is now a graduate student in the physical therapy program at TWU’s Houston satellite campus. Although geriatric caretakers are in demand and she has enjoyed working in that field, Vrazel is open to exploring different opportunities within physical therapy and is excited to be introduced to other fields during her clinical rounds.

“Honestly it’s really rewarding,” Vrazel said of her time working in geriatrics. “The patients are very grateful and receptive to the younger population …They don’t always have a lot of people to just sit down and talk to them.”