A lot has changed since the world emerged from the COVID-19 lockdowns, which was the last time we ranked the Top 100 Female Athletes in UCF history.
In just three years, many legends cemented their status in her final few seasons, while others were born, and for a few athletes, their stories have been rediscovered.
With UCF getting ready for its first year as a member of the Big 12, it’s once again time to count down the Top 100 female UCF Knights athletes of all time.
Criteria used to create this list include:
- A player’s impact on their respective sport and on the school
- Accomplishments they had after their UCF career
- Accolades they have received. For example, if an athlete has been inducted into the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame, they are automatically on the list.
We made sure to include at least one athlete from every UCF sport.
Now, let’s continue the countdown:
#50 - Denali Schappacher (Softball)
Schappacher is the most decorated right fielder in UCF Softball history as a three-time All-AAC first-teamer who was part of two NCAA Tournament appearances (2021-2022) and an AAC regular season and tournament championship team in 2022.
Schappacher ranks second in program history in career batting average (.329), seventh in On-Base percentage (.399), fifth in stolen bases (64), fifth in runs scored (139), fifth in triples (9) and fifth in base hits (227).
Nowadays, she is the staff athletic trainer for the UCF track and field and cross country teams. The Banneret’s Bryson Turner and Nick Porcelli briefly caught up with Schappacher after both of her teams won AAC Championships in Tampa in 2023.
#49 - Erin Campbell (Volleyball)
Erin Campbell is one of six players in UCF history (along with Reneta Menchikova, Tyra Harper, Miriam Metzcus, Kia Bright and McKenna Melville) to have 1,000 kills and digs in a career and is the only player to accomplish it in the Conference USA era.
She also was selected to the All-C-USA Second Team in 2009.
Campbell ranks tenth in program history in kills (1,207), ninth in digs (1,134) and ninth in digs per set (2.66).
Campbell has been working as a TV analyst since 2012, covering High School and AAU Volleyball, as well as College Volleyball.
#48 - Sonnisha Williams (Track and Field)
While Jacksonville native Sonnisha Williams made UCF Track and Field history by becoming the first Knight to make an NCAA Championship in the long jump when she qualified for the Outdoor Championship as a freshman in 2010.
Williams, who competed from 2010-2013, would go on to make five NCAA Championships across her career (two indoor, three outdoor). Four of those appearances were in the long jump, the most for a field event in program history. Half of those appearances ended in a Top 10 finish, the best of which was a seventh place at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championship.
She was named an All-American three times in her career, all for the long jump. Williams would hold the most All-American honors in program history in a field event until 2023 when Asherah Collins earned her third All-American honor in the triple jump.
Williams holds the program records in both the indoor (6.32 meters) and outdoor (6.59 meters) long jump. She podiumed in the event three times at the Indoor CUSA Championships (a gold in 2012 and two bronzes) and three times at the Outdoor CUSA Championships (a gold in 2011 and two silvers) to help the Knights take home five CUSA titles (two indoor, three outdoor) over her career.
While the long jumps were her main events, she competed in a few others as well, such as the indoor and outdoor triple jumps, indoor and outdoor high jumps, indoor and outdoor 200-meter dashes and relays.
Williams is tied for the sixth-best indoor high jump in program history (1.69 meters) and tied for the seventh-best outdoor high jump (1.73 meters). She is also a part of the seventh-fastest outdoor 4x400-meter relay time in program history and the fourth-fastest indoor 4x400-meter relay time in program history.
She even qualified for the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships with the 4x400-meter relay team, marking her only non-long jump NCAA Championship appearance of her five total. She also earned a silver medal with the 4x400 team at the 2012 Indoor CUSA Championships.
#47 - Kayla Adamek (Soccer)
Kayla Adamek played from 2013-2017 and was part of the Knights’ 2013 and 2017 AAC regular season championships and three NCAA Tournament teams (2013, 2015 and 2017).
She was named AAC Midfielder of the Year and to the All-Region team in 2017. She was an All-AAC First Team selection twice (2015 and 2017) and an AAC All-Freshman Team selection in 2013. For her career, Adamek scored 26 goals and 14 assists in 77 games.
She played professionally in Spain for La Liga’s UDG Tenerife, where she played alongside fellow UCF alum Aline Reis. She currently plays for Vittsjö GIK in Sweden’s premier women’s soccer league, Damallsvenskan. She has also seen action with the Poland Women’s National team starting in 2022.
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#46 - Shannon Doherty (Softball)
Shannon Doherty, also known as “The Walk-Off Queen” has been a mainstay at first base for UCF softball and helped produce some memorable moments over her career thus far. She has been part of three NCAA Tournament appearances (2021-2023), two AAC Championships (2022-2023) and the program’s first-ever home NCAA regional and NCAA super-regional appearance in 2022.
In 2023, Doherty became the second UCF softball player (Shelly Frick 2010) to receive the Order of Pegasus, UCF’s most prestigious student award that is given annually to students who display incredible academic achievement, university involvement, leadership and community service.
"Being a student-athlete at UCF has been an experience that opened so many doors for me not only as an athlete, but also as a person away from the field."— UCF Softball (@UCF_Softball) June 5, 2023
Read @sdoherty46's story that has led to her earning the Order of Pegasus award this year!
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She was named to the All-AAC First Team in 2023 and the All-AAC Second Team in 2021.
Going into 2024, Doherty ranks among the Knights’ career leaders in a handful of categories. She is third in program history in career on-base percentage (.425), fifth in slugging percentage (.507), fourth in home runs (29), ninth in batting average (.311), sixth in RBIs (126) and holds the program record for most career hit-by-pitches (31).
Read the Banneret’s 2022 profile on Doherty by Bryson Turner here.
#45 - Anne-Marie Watson (Volleyball)
Anne-Marie Watson, an Oviedo native, was a four-time All-AAC conference performer (First Team in 2019-2021, Second Team In 2018) and an All-Region performer in 2021.
Despite being a right-side hitter, Watson is UCF’s all-time leader in blocks assists (565), ranks second in career total blocks (590) and is eighth in blocks per set (1.07). She also accumulated 1,228 career kills, the ninth most in program history. She also holds the record for the most sets played in program history (554) and tied for the fourth-most matches played (150).
In 2019, Watson recorded 161 blocks, the 12th-most in the nation, setting the UCF record for most block assists in one season, shattering the record that was set by Emily Bridson (142) in 1993. Currently, she co-shares this record with her former teammate Nerissa Moravec, who replicated her feat in 2021. That same season, Watson finished 28th in the nation in Blocks per set (1.32), which ranks fifth-best in a single season in program history.
Watson was part of UCF’s four consecutive AAC Championship and NCAA Tournament teams (2018-2021).
Watson did add another season to the all-time single-season block assists list when she recorded 125 block assists (fifth) in 2021. Only Watson, Moravec and Tyra Harper each have two seasons in the Top 10.
Nowadays, after a nine-month Business and Ticket Operations internship with the College Football Playoff, Watson has returned to UCF as an Assistant Director of Business and Finance for the Athletic Department.
Read the Banneret’s Bryson Turner’s 2021 profile on Watson here.
#44 - Jen Clayton (Track and Field)
A Nyack, New York native, Jen Clayton, who competed from 2012-2014, helped the Knights to the heights of the Track and Field program’s history, setting the mark to beat for all field athletes that followed.
Clayton is the only athlete in program history to medal in a field event at an NCAA Championship. Her bronze medal in the long jump at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships helped the Knights reach fifth place overall as a team, its highest finish in any NCAA Championship in program history.
Clayton has also medaled in the long jump at the 2013 CUSA Indoor Championship (gold), the 2013 CUSA Outdoor Championships (silver), the 2014 AAC Indoor Championships (bronze) and the AAC Outdoor Championships (silver).
However, she also competed in a couple of other events, such as the indoor and outdoor triple jump, 100-meter dash, 60-meter dash and relays. Clayton also medaled in the triple jump at the CUSA Outdoor Championships (bronze). Overall, Clayton helped the Knights to three CUSA titles (one indoor, two outdoor) during her career.
While 2013 was Clayton’s best season in one event, 2014 proved to be her best across multiple events, as she podiumed in three events at the 2014 AAC Outdoor Championships: the long jump (silver), the 4x100-meter relay (gold) and the 4x400-meter relay (gold). She then proceeded to advance to the NCAA Championships and earn All-American honors in all three events. She is one of four athletes in program history to earn All-American honors in three events at one NCAA Championship meet.
Clayton ranks tied for second in program history in the indoor long jump (6.21 meters), third in the outdoor long jump (6.49 meters), sixth in the outdoor triple jump (12.58 meters) and ninth in the indoor triple jump (12.30 meters). She is also a part of the fourth and sixth fastest outdoor 4x400-meter relay times in program history.
Nowadays, Clayton is a fitness consultant for the fitness company Equinox Group.
T-#43 - Jennifer Montgomery (Soccer)
Jennifer Montgomery, who played from 2002-2005 was the first and, to date, best UCF scorer since the turn of the millennium.
Her 38 career goals rank tied for fourth in program history and 103 points rank fourth in program history, marks that no one has surpassed since. She also ranks eighth in career assists (27).
Her highlight season came in her 2002 freshman campaign, in which she tied for the program’s single-season points record (46), tied for second in single-season goals (17) and tied for fourth in assists (12). She was named the ASUN’s Freshman of the Year, First Team All-ASUN and an All-Region selection that season.
Montgomery went on to earn Second Team All-Conference selections across the ASUN and CUSA in her remaining three seasons (2003-2005). She was part of two ASUN regular season and tournament championships (2002 and 2003) as well as a CUSA regular season championship in 2005 and three NCAA Tournament teams (2002-2004), including advancing to the 2nd round in 2004.
She was named to the All-ASUN 2000-2009 All-Decade Team in September 2020. Nowadays, she owns and manages Forte Fitness in Orlando.
T-#43 - Amy Jones (Soccer)
Amy Jones is all over the UCF Soccer record books. She ranks tied for fourth in career goals (38), seventh in assists (28), third in points (104), and second in shots (229).
Jones was a Soccer News Magazine Honorable Mention All-American in 1995 and an All-Region performer twice (1995-1996). She was the ASUN Player of the Year in 1995 when she set the school record for goals in a season with 20 the most points in a season (46), which is now tied for the program record with 2002 Jennifer Montgomery. She is also tied for the longest goalscoring streak in program history at nine matches.
She was named to the All-ASUN First Team twice (1995-1996) and the All-ASUN Second Team once (1994).
Jones is one of four UCF Soccer players to have over 100 points in a career, along with Michelle Akers, Kelly Kochevar, and Jennifer Montgomery.
#42 - Farrah Sullivan (Softball)
Sullivan was part of three NCAA Tournament teams in 2012, 2014 and 2015, and two AAC Championship teams (‘14 and ‘15). She was named the AAC’s Player of the Year and to the All-Region team in 2014. She was a First Team All-AAC in 2014 and 2015 and All-CUSA Second Team in her freshman year, 2012.
Sullivan’s name dots the UCF record books, as she ranks eighth in career slugging percentage (.472), tied for seventh in doubles (38), tied for fifth in home runs (23), fourth in RBIs (136), tied for fifth in total bases (300) and tied for seventh in walks (82).
Today, the now Farrah Gordon is the head slow-pitch and fast-pitch softball coach at Winter Springs High School.
#41 - Kristen Scott (Soccer)
Kristen Scott will go down as one of the greatest goal-scorers in program history and a local hero. The Orlando native scored 33 career goals, which is tied for sixth-most all-time in program history, and her 10 game-winning goals are tied for fifth all-time at UCF.
In 2022, Scott led UCF to its first AAC regular season title and NCAA Tournament appearance since 2017, scoring nine goals on her way to winning AAC Offense Player of Year. Scott is a two-time All-Region selection, a two-time All-AAC First Team performer (2021-2022) and a Second Team All-AAC selection in 2019.
Scott was selected with the 41st pick of the 2023 NWSL Draft by Orlando Pride. However, on July 21, 2023, she signed with French club AS Saint-Étienne, which was recently promoted back to France’s premier women’s soccer league, D1 Arkema.
Read Bryson Turner’s Know Your Knight profile on Scott here.