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College Soccer's Top Awards Merge


ST. LOUIS, Mo. (Thursday, August 15, 2002) - The two premier awards in college soccer, the Missouri Athletic Club Collegiate Soccer Players of the Year and the Hermann Trophy, have merged to form one award - the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy. As of the 2002 season, the most outstanding male and female soccer player in America, as selected by the members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, will receive this combined award.

The M.A.C. and Hermann awards have been presented to the same player 20 times (nine men / eleven women) and to different players 10 times (seven men / three women) since 1986.

“Forming one award will help attain the goal of presenting college soccer’s version of the Heisman Trophy,” said M.A.C. President Gerald Ortbals. “This will increase the prestige and visibility of college soccer’s top honor.”

Over the years, the M.A.C. and Hermann have each honored many of the biggest stars in United States soccer. Women like Kristine Lilly, Mia Hamm, Cindy Parlow, Tisha Venturini, Shannon MacMillan and FIFA Woman Player of the Century, Michelle Akers have won one or both of these awards prior to achieving international stardom. In the men’s game, high profile players like Claudio Reyna, Alexi Lalas, and Tony Meola are past winners. A total of thirteen M.A.C./Hermann recipients have gone on to careers in Major League Soccer and six winners play professionally in the Women’s United Soccer Association. Twenty-eight  M.A.C. and Hermann recipients have gone on to represent the United States on either the  men’s or women’s national team.

“The timing for this move is ideal,” said M.A.C. Soccer Committee Chairman Steve Krause. “With the victory of the United States women at the 1999 World Cup and the strong showing by the U.S. men at the recent World Cup, soccer is on a big upswing in this country. United States soccer is gaining respect on the international scene.”

The Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy winners are determined through a vote of NCAA coaches in a process administered by the NSCAA. The award represents the highest recognition of achievement in collegiate soccer.

“The Missouri Athletic Club is committed to promoting soccer in the United States,” said Ortbals. “We want to honor the best young players in the game.”

The Hermann Trophy had been given annually since 1967 to the nation’s best male college soccer player. The women’s award was established in 1988. The Hermann Trophy is named for Robert R. Hermann, the former Chairman of the Executive Committee of the old North American Soccer League and one of that ground-breaking league’s founders.

“The union of these two national awards makes sense and will benefit the sport. From now on there will be clearly one male and one female player named the most outstanding college player in the country,” said Robert Hermann.

The Missouri Athletic Club Collegiate Soccer Players of the Year Awards have been presented since 1986. The winners are honored with an annual banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in downtown St. Louis and presented with a beautiful Irish crystal soccer ball trophy. The trophy is an exact replica of a regulation number five soccer ball and weighs 10 pounds. Now, this trophy will be called the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy.

An exhibition dedicated to the new award featuring all former recipients of both the M.A.C. and Hermann trophies, the current winners, a replica of the Irish crystal trophy and the original Hermann trophy will be unveiled in 2003 at the National Soccer Museum in Oneonta, NY. “We are delighted to add a collegiate element to the new museum and to publicly exhibit this Heisman Trophy of soccer,” said Will Lunn, President/CEO of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame opened a new 30,000 sq. ft. museum in June of 1999 where it holds Hall of Fame Induction and Hall of Fame Game in October and the Big Three Induction – American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NISOA) and NSCAA in August each year. Additional information regarding the Hall of Fame and the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy exhibition can be can be found at www.soccerhall.org.

Founded in 1941, the NSCAA has grown into the largest coaches organization in the country, regardless of sport. In addition to its globally-recognized coaching education program, NSCAA offers its 16,000 members a comprehensive recognition program that includes involvement with the M.A.C.’s Hermann Trophy in the selection of the collegiate players of the year.

The Missouri Athletic Club will announce the winners of the award at the NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup and present the 2002 Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy to the top men’s and women’s college soccer players at an awards banquet at the club in St. Louis on Jan. 10, 2003.

All-Time Hermann Trophy Award Winners

MEN
Year Player, College

  • 1967: Dov Markus, Long Island University
  • 1968: Manuel Hernandez, San Jose State *
  • 1969: Al Trost, St. Louis University *
  • 1970: Al Trost, St. Louis University *
  • 1971: Mike Seerey, St. Louis University
  • 1972: Mike Seerey, St. Louis University
  • 1973: Dan Counce, St. Louis University *
  • 1974: Farrukh Quraishi, Oneonta State University
  • 1975: Steve Ralbovsky, Brown University
  • 1976: Glenn Myernick, Hartwick College *
  • 1977: Billy Gazonas, Hartwick College
  • 1978: Angelo DiBernardo, Indiana University *
  • 1979: Jim Stamatis, Penn State University
  • 1980: Joe Morrone, Jr., University of Connecticut
  • 1981: Armando Betancourt, Indiana University
  • 1982: Joe Ulrich, Duke University
  • 1983: Mike Jeffries, Duke University *
  • 1984: Amr Aly, Columbia University *
  • 1985: Tom Kain, Duke University *
  • 1986: John Kerr, Duke University *
  • 1987: Bruce Murray, Clemson University *
  • 1988: Ken Snow, Indiana University *
  • 1989: Tony Meola, University of Virginia *
  • 1990: Ken Snow, Indiana University *
  • 1991: Alexi Lalas, Rutgers University *
  • 1992: Brad Friedel, UCLA *
  • 1993: Claudio Reyna, University of Virginia *
  • 1994: Brian Maisonneuve, Indiana University *
  • 1995: Mike Fisher, University of Virginia
  • 1996: Mike Fisher, University of Virginia
  • 1997: Johnny Torres, Creighton University
  • 1998: Wojtek Krakowiak, Clemson University
  • 1999: Ali Curtis, Duke University
  • 2000: Chris Gbandi, University of Connecticut
  • 2001: Luchi Gonzalez, Southern Methodist University

WOMEN
Year: Player, College

  • 1988: Michelle Akers, University of Central Florida *
  • 1989: Shannon Higgins, University of North Carolina*
  • 1990: April Kater, University of Massachusetts
  • 1991: Kristine Lilly, University of North Carolina *
  • 1992: Mia Hamm, University of North Carolina *
  • 1993: Mia Hamm, University of North Carolina *
  • 1994: Tisha Venturini, University of North Carolina *
  • 1995: Shannon MacMillan, Portland University *
  • 1996: Cindy Daws, University of Notre Dame *
  • 1997: Cindy Parlow, University of North Carolina *
  • 1998: Cindy Parlow, University of North Carolina *
  • 1999: Mandy Clemens, Santa Clara University *
  • 2000: Anne Makinen, University of Notre Dame
  • 2001: Christie Welsh, Penn State University *

* has appeared for the U.S. National Team

All-Time Missouri Athletic Club Award Winners

MEN
Year: Player, College

  • 1986: John Kerr, Jr., Duke University *
  • 1987: John Harkes, University of Virginia *
  • 1988: Ken Snow, Indiana University *
  • 1989: Tony Meola, University of Virginia *
  • 1990: Ken Snow, Indiana University *
  • 1991: Alexi Lalas, Rutgers University *
  • 1992: Claudio Reyna, University of Virginia *
  • 1993: Claudio Reyna, University of Virginia *
  • 1994: Todd Yeagley, Indiana University
  • 1995: Matt McKeon, St. Louis University *
  • 1996: Mike Fisher, University of Virginia
  • 1997: Johnny Torres, Creighton University
  • 1998: Jay Heaps, Duke University
  • 1999: Sasha Victorine, UCLA *
  • 2000: Ali Curtis, Duke University
  • 2001: Luchi Gonzalez, Southern Methodist University

WOMEN
Year: Player, College

  • 1991: Kristine Lilly, University of North Carolina *
  • 1992: Mia Hamm, University of North Carolina *
  • 1993: Mia Hamm, University of North Carolina *
  • 1994: Tisha Venturini, University of North Carolina *
  • 1995: Shannon MacMillan, University of Portland *
  • 1996: Cindy Daws, University of Notre Dame *
  • 1997: Cindy Parlow, University of North Carolina *
  • 1998: Cindy Parlow, University of North Carolina *
  • 1999: Mandy Clemens, Santa Clara University *
  • 2000: Anne Makinen, University of Notre Dame
  • 2001: Christie Welsh, Penn State University *

* has appeared for the U.S. National Team


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