Hermann Trophy

Hermann Trophy
2004 Hermann Trophy winner Danny O'Rourke playing for the Indiana Hoosiers in 2004

The Hermann Trophy is awarded annually by the Missouri Athletic Club to the United States's top male and female college soccer players.



In 1967, Robert Hermann, the president of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) and the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the NPSL's successor, the North American Soccer League, established a trophy to annually recognize the top men's collegiate soccer player. The trophy, named the Hermann Trophy, has been awarded each year since 1967. In 1988, a second Hermann Trophy was inaugurated to recognize the top women's collegiate player of the year.

In 1986, the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) began naming an annual player of the year as a rival to the Hermann Trophy. Then in 1996, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) initiated its own annual player of the year award. These three competing awards began merging three years later when the NSCAA and MAC agreed to cooperate on naming a combined collegiate player of the year. Finally, beginning in 2002, the MAC/NSCAA and Hermann Trophy organization merged to create a unified trophy for the top college soccer player of the year.

The original Hermann Award Trophy is on display in the Hermann Atrium located in the McDonnell Athletic Center at MICDS in Ladue, Missouri. The original trophy was donated to the school by Mr. Hermann in 2003.

Selection process

Today, the process of selecting a winner begins at the start of the college soccer season when a list of potential nominees is compiled by a nominating committee. Near the end of the collegiate regular season, 15 players whom the committee considers the best in Division I soccer are announced as semifinalists for the award. That list is then voted on through an online voting process by men's and women's Division I soccer coaches whose teams are current NSCAA College Services members. In early December the top three vote-getters for both the men's and women's trophy are announced as finalists for the award. These six individuals are invited to an annual banquet held at the Missouri Athletic Club of St. Louis. That evening, the winners of the two awards are announced and receive a 10 pound crystal replica soccer ball made by Tyrone Crystal of County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

Hermann Trophy (men's)

Year Hermann Trophy MAC

Player of the Year


Player of the Year

2010 Darlington Nagbe
2009 Teal Bunbury
2008 Marcus Tracy
2007 O'Brian White
2006 Joseph Lapira
2005 Jason Garey
2004 Danny O'Rourke
2003 Chris Wingert
2002 Alecko Eskandarian
2001 Luchi Gonzalez Luchi Gonzalez
2000 Chris Gbandi Ali Curtis
1999 Ali Curtis Sasha Victorine
1998 Wojtek Krakowiak Jay Heaps Dema Kovalenko
1997 Johnny Torres Johnny Torres Daniel Hernandez
1996 Mike Fisher Mike Fisher Mike Fisher
1995 Mike Fisher Matt McKeon
1994 Brian Maisonneuve Todd Yeagley
1993 Claudio Reyna Claudio Reyna
1992 Brad Friedel Claudio Reyna
1991 Alexi Lalas Alexi Lalas
1990 Ken Snow Ken Snow
1989 Tony Meola Tony Meola
1988 Ken Snow Ken Snow
1987 Bruce Murray John Harkes
1986 John Kerr John Kerr
1985 Tom Kain
1984 Amr Aly
1983 Mike Jeffries
1982 Joe Ulrich
1981 Armando Betancourt
1980 Joe Morrone
1979 Jim Stamatis
1978 Angelo DiBernardo
1977 Billy Gazonas
1976 Glenn Myernick
1975 Steve Ralbovsky
1974 Farrukh Quarishi
1973 Dan Counce
1972 Mike Seerey
1971 Mike Seerey
1970 Al Trost
1969 Al Trost
1968 Manuel Hernandez
1967 Dov Markus
     Unified with Hermann Trophy Award
     Unified with MAC Award
     Not awarded

Hermann Trophy (women's)

Year Hermann Trophy MAC

Player of the Year


Player of the Year

2010 Christen Press
2009 Kelley O'Hara
2008 Kerri Hanks
2007 Mami Yamaguchi
2006 Kerri Hanks
2005 Christine Sinclair
2004 Christine Sinclair
2003 Cat Reddick
2002 Aly Wagner
2001 Christie Welsh Christie Welsh
2000 Anne Makinen Anne Makinen
1999 Mandy Clemens Mandy Clemens
1998 Cindy Parlow Cindy Parlow Danielle Fotopoulos
1997 Cindy Parlow Cindy Parlow Sara Whalen
1996 Cindy Dawes Cindy Dawes Jennifer Renola
1995 Shannon MacMillan Shannon MacMillan
1994 Tisha Venturini Tisha Venturini
1993 Mia Hamm Mia Hamm
1992 Mia Hamm Mia Hamm
1991 Kristine Lilly Kristine Lilly
1990 April Kater April Kater
1989 Shannon Higgins Shannon Higgins
1988 Michelle Akers Michelle Akers
     Unified with Hermann Trophy Award
     Unified with MAC Award
     Not awarded

See also

External links

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