Player of the Year Stephanie Soares headlines 2022 WBCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America team

ATLANTA (March 21, 2022) – Stephanie Soares of The Master’s University is the 2022 WBCA NAIA Player of the Year and headlines the 2022 WBCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America team, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced today.

The WBCA presents the Player of the Year award annually to the top player in five of the six WBCA membership divisions (NCAA Divisions II, and III, NAIA, two-year college and high school). The Player of the Year and the 10-member Coaches’ All-America team in each division are selected by a committee of WBCA member coaches in that division. The Wade Trophy is presented to the best player in NCAA Division I.

"The WBCA is pleased to name Stephanie Soares as the 2022 WBCA NAIA Player of the Year,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “She is most deserving of this distinguished honor. The WBCA applauds Stephanie for her hard work, dedication and contributions to the game during the 2021-22 season.”

Here are the 2022 WBCA NAIA Coaches’ All-Americans:



Bailey Albright

Sterling College

Peyton Banks

Siena Heights University

Stefanie Berberabe

Westmont College

Grace Beyer

St. Louis College of Pharmacy

N'Dea Flye

Rocky Mountain College

Imani Guy

Marian University

Jaycie Jenkins

Milligan University

Ashlee McGeorge

Campbellsville University

Stephanie Soares

The Master's University

Morgan Stamper

University of Pikeville 

“We congratulate remaining members of the 2022 WBCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America team as well,” said Donehew. “These young women have worked to elevate their teams and themselves to an elite level of competition. Through their exceptional talents on the basketball court, they have also lifted the women’s game.”

Here are the student-athletes who received 2022 WBCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America honorable mention:



Ashlyn Adkins

Faulkner University

Claire Austin

Saint Xavier University

Millie Bryant

Bethel University (TN)

Milagros Carrera

University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma

Zaria Dorsey

University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma

Rebekah Engle

William Carey University

MARY Englert

University of Pikeville 

Kennedy Hansberry

Loyola University

Amanda Hill

Kansas Wesleyan University

Kelcey Hinz

Kansas Wesleyan University

Iyree Jarrett

Westmont College

Emilee Maldonado

University of Providence

Jordan Pyle

University of St Francis

McKinley Seal

William Carey University

Mallory Shetley

Columbia College (MO)

Zoe Shieldnight

Tabor College

Ella Skeens

University Of Rio Grande

Tarrah Stephens

John Brown University

Emma Tuominen

Indiana Institute of Technology

Taya Wilson

Sterling College

About the WBCA
For 40 years, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association has been the professional association for coaches of women's and girls' basketball at all levels of competition. Founded in 1981, the WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help make themselves better leaders, teachers and mentors to their players; provides opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the unifying voice of a diverse community of coaches to the organizations that control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport. Visit for more details about the association.

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