Where are they now?
Winner: Lucy Harris, basketball, Delta State University
Winner of the very first Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year Award, Lucy Harris, aka Lusia Harris-Stewart, led Delta State University to a 109-6 record during her years as a student-athlete. Her stellar performance with Team USA helped it take the silver medal at the 1976 Olympic Games. Today she is a high school teacher and basketball coach in her home state of Mississippi, where she lives with her husband and children. This spring, her hometown of Minter City honored her with a new billboard heralding the hoops star's roots in their tiny Mississippi town.
Winner: Julie Shea, track and field, North Carolina State University
Julie Shea cleaned house with seven collegiate titles in track and field and cross country, in distances ranging from 3,000 to 10,000 meters when she was at North Carolina State. Thirty-plus years later, she is still drawn to the sport of running, coaching girls ages 9 to 13 as part of her program Cool Kids Run! She's been known to enter an occasional local 5k, but more recently she's been involved in a different kind of race, having been elected three times to serve on the Raleigh City Council in North Carolina.
Winner: Jill Sterkel, swimming, University of Texas
Forever known for her surprising dominance against the East Germans in the 400-meter freestyle relay at the 1976 Montreal Games (she was only 15!), Sterkel's swimming career was also notable for its longevity. She was the first woman to make four U.S. Olympic swim teams (1976, '80, '84, '88) before toweling off and heading for the coaching office, where she rose to the level of head coach for the Texas Longhorns during her 14-year tenure (from '92 to '06). Under her guidance, the team achieved 12 top-10 finishes in the NCAA championships, and 11 conference titles. Today, she serves as the director of women's athletics letterwinners for her alma mater.
Winner: Mary T. Meagher, swimming, UC Berkeley
Unable to compete in the 1980 Moscow Olympics because of the U.S boycott, Meagher left no doubt of her talent the following year when she set world records in both the 100- and 200-meter butterfly events at the national championships -- marks that stood for nearly two decades. At the Los Angeles Games in 1984, she won both butterfly events; she took bronze in the 200 butterfly in '88. Today, Meagher lives with her husband, former Olympic speed skater Mike Plant, and their two children, Maddie and Drew, in Peachtree City, Ga. She volunteers for the Girl Scouts and says the secret to her current happiness has been the ability to leave swimming in her past and make a transition into "real life."
Winner: Cindy Daws, soccer, University of Notre Dame
It's been 16 years since Cindy Daws claimed honors as the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year for her role as midfielder in Notre Dame's dominant 1995 championship team (as well as the runners-up in '96). Though she played professionally in Japan for a year after graduating, Daws quickly turned her attention to the business side of the game, working for nine years in marketing for the soccer and volleyball categories at Wilson Sporting Goods. Today she is a stay at home mom to four children in Mt. Prospect, Ill., where she lives with her husband and former Notre Dame football player, Emmett Mosley.
Winner: Nancy Lieberman, basketball, Old Dominion University
Lieberman was a star even before she entered Old Dominion on full athletic scholarship. In 1976, she became the youngest basketball player, male or female, to compete in the Olympics. After four years of star college ball (1976-80), she signed with the Dallas Diamonds of the Women's Professional Basketball League, leading them to a national championship in 1984. She followed that with a stint with the Springfield Fame -- a men's professional team. After touring the world with the Washington Generals (chief rivals of the Harlem Globetrotters), she returned to pro sports in 1997 at age 39 for the WNBA's inaugural year, where she played for the Phoenix Mercury. Off the court, Lieberman has found time to pen three books (most recently, "Playbook For Success"), serve as a commentator on ESPN, and launch her own charitable foundation to build courts and offer free basketball clinics to kids in inner cities.
Winner: Suzy Favor Hamilton, track and field, University of Wisconsin
Winner of nine NCAA titles, 14 All-American honors and 23 Big Ten championships, it's no wonder Favor Hamilton was awarded Big Ten Athlete of the Decade for the 1990s. As a middle-distance specialist, she seemed invincible -- until a final lap collapse on the track during the 1,500-meter race at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney brought her reign to an end. What no one knew at the time was that Favor Hamilton was suffering from severe depression. Her conditioned worsened several years later after the birth of her daughter, Kylie. With the help of her husband, Mark, and a team of doctors, Favor Hamilton recovered. She uses her life's highs and lows to impart wisdom to others as a motivational speaker; when she's not on the road, she and Mark run a real estate business in Wisconsin.
Winner: Cristina Teuscher, swimming, Columbia University
A gold-medal winner in 800 freestyle relay the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and a bronze medalist in the 200 individual medley four years later in Sydney, Cristina Teuscher was a rising star in the swimming world when she decided to break from tradition and head for Columbia. Though shocking to those in the outside world who expected Teuscher to sign with an NCAA heavyweight, no one in her family was surprised. "Sports are just one part of my life," Teuscher said at the time -- then went on to post an undefeated record in every one of her individual events during her four years with the Lions. After graduating in 2000 with a degree in psychology, she joined the Robin Hood Foundation's 9/11 Relief Fund, followed by a two-year stint as a financial analyst before circling back to her first love of swimming. Since 2010, Teuscher has served as head coach for the Yale Bulldogs.
Winner: Missy Marlowe, gymnastics, University of Utah
Unlike many athletes, Missy Marlowe's career happened in reverse: After competing in the 1988 Olympics, she retired from elite competition to attend the University of Utah. Postgraduation she gave up competing entirely to pursue her coaching passion. Today she owns Missy Marlowe's Gymnastics and Sports Center, where she trains aspiring gymnasts. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband Joe Clausi, a former Utah football player, and her stepson, Joseph.