The Brampton, Ontario, native is the first Mountaineer student-athlete to earn the prestigious conference honor since WVU joined the Big 12 in 2012.
“It’s only fitting that Kadeisha Buchanan is the first WVU student-athlete to win the Big 12 Athlete of the Year award,” Mountaineer women’s soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “She took our standard of excellence to a whole new level, and I am so proud of everything she did for our program, the University and this athletic department during her four-year career. Kadeisha put in a lot of hard work to earn this honor.”
Nominees are submitted by Big 12 institutions and selected, based on athletic performance, academic achievement and citizenship, by a media panel as well as fan voting conducted through Big12Sports.com.
The most decorated WVU women’s soccer student-athlete, Buchanan also was the 2016 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy winner and the program’s first four-time NSCAA All-American and was named the 2016 espnW and TopDrawerSoccer.com National Player of the Year. Additionally, she was the Honda Sport Award winner for soccer and was nominated for a 2017 ESPY Award as the Best Female College Athlete.
Buchanan also was a finalist for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award and was named to the award’s All-America First Team. Additionally, she earned her fourth straight Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and All-Big 12 First Team honors. She capped her Mountaineer career with four Academic All-Big 12 awards and three Big 12 Tournament Defensive MVP honors.
A two-time team captain, Buchanan and the WVU defense posted a nation- and program-best 18 shutouts in 2016 and allowed just 12 opponent goals en route to a runner-up finish at the 2016 NCAA College Cup, where she was named the NCAA Tournament Defensive MVP. Also this season, Buchanan and the WVU defense denied each conference team a goal and held all but one squad to two shots or less. The Mountaineers swept the Big 12 Conference regular-season and championship crowns for the third time in four years and finished with a program-record 23 victories.
An Academic All-Big 12 Second Team honoree and a member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll, she helped the Mountaineers raise funds for breast cancer research and volunteered at youth clinics in West Virginia and Canada.
Buchanan started 90-of-91 career matches, and the WVU backline allowed just 62 opponent goals and posted 55 shutouts throughout her four-year career. She tallied nine points (3 G, 3 A) in 2016, including an assist on the team’s game-winner in its 1-0 victory over Duke in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. Buchanan finished with 25 (8 G, 9 A) career points.
A starter for the full Canadian National Team, Buchanan helped Canada claim the Bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games. The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Best Young Player honoree, she also was named the 2015 BMO Canadian Player of the Year.
Currently playing with Olympique Lyonnais, Buchanan helped Lyon win the UEFA Women’s Champions League, Coupe de France Feminine and Division 1 Feminine this year.