NAC Spotlight: Cailin Bullett, 2012-13 NAC Woman of the Year

Cailin Bullett (Millbury, Mass.), a 2013 Colby-Sawyer graduate, received one of the most prestigious honors in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC), being named the 2012-13 NAC Woman of the Year. This award is given out each year to one female student-athlete that stands out not only in their respective sport, but in their academic accomplishments, their leadership skills, and their service to the community.

As a four-year starting point guard at Colby-Sawyer, Cailin saw great success on the court, while also transitioning that success to the classroom as she graduated with honors and was accepted into Suffolk Law School. She focused her graduate work around the goal of becoming an attorney and accomplished what she set out to do as she currently serves as an assistant district attorney in Worcester, Mass.

Her Athletic Background: Her success started in high school, as Cailin was an honor roll student in the classroom and a 1,000 point scorer on the basketball court. She also saw immediate success on the basketball court at Colby-Sawyer, playing in all 26 of the Chargers games, while receiving the starting nod 21 times as a freshman. She was third on the team in point per game and second in steals and assist. As a sophomore, Cailin continued her success being named to the all-conference third team (at the Commonwealth Coast Conference) and to the Division III N.H. Basketball Coaches Association second team. Colby-Sawyer joined the North Atlantic Conference during her junior campaign and Cailin continued to dominate. At the end of the season, she was named to the all-conference second team, broke the school record for assists, and was ranked third in the nation among all Division III for assists. She really left her mark in her senior year, as she not only helped lead her team to the 2013 NAC Championship Title, she departed Colby-Sawyer as the only player in program history to have scored more than 1,000 points (1,257), gather 500 rebounds (522), and dish 500 assists (583). While her list of awards is lengthy the most impressive however is that while doing all that above, she was also named to the NAC All-Academic team both junior and senior year.

Learn more about Cailin:

Tell us about your experience as a student. Why did you choose to attend Colby-Sawyer?
“My experience at Colby-Sawyer was amazing because I was able to compete as an athlete while at the same time study for my future career. Balancing school and basketball was made easy by the close community at the school and the support from the athletics staff and the faculty. I chose Colby-Sawyer because of the commitment to both athletics and academics and the success students can obtain in both areas there, which was made clear to me during my first visit by Coach Martin.”

What was the most memorable moment for you as a student-athlete?
“The most memorable moment was winning the NAC championship my senior year and being able to play in the NCAA tournament. It was the perfect ending to four years of hard work and dedication that I was able to share a championship with my teammates.”

What did you receive your undergraduate degree in (what was your major and minor/s)?

“I majored in history, society and culture with a minor in legal studies.”

What have you been up to since graduating from Colby-Sawyer?
“After graduating from Colby-Sawyer I went to Suffolk University Law School in Boston. During law school I worked as an intern for a Massachusetts State Senator at the State House in Boston and for the Worcester District Attorney’s Office. I am now an assistant district attorney for the Worcester DA’s office.” 

Looking back, did you imagine yourself accomplishing all that you have since graduation?
“I imagined being in the position to accomplish my goals based on everything I learned at Colby-Sawyer, but it definitely happened much sooner than I would have thought when I was graduating as a 22 year old. 

What are your career goals for the future?
“I want to become involved in a college environment and use my legal training to help advance colleges and their students and provide different opportunities for them.”

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself at 18?
“I would tell myself to take advantage of all of the opportunities a student-athlete has while in college by being involved in organizations like SAAC, and to get as much exposure as possible in different areas I was interested in, either through internships or classes to fully explore where I wanted to go after graduation.” 

--Spotlight series courtesy of NAC intern Kelsey Bragdon