The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced on Wednesday the men’s and women’s finalists for the 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy, based on voting by NCAA Division I soccer coaches.
The three men’s finalists are Wake Forest University senior midfielder Ian Harkes, Florida Gulf Coast University junior forward Albert Ruiz and University of Maryland sophomore forward Gordon Wild. Harkes helped lead the Demon Deacons to the College Cup final, while Ruiz and Wild were the top two goal scorers in NCAA Division I men’s soccer this season.
The three women’s finalists are University of Southern California senior midfielder Morgan Andrews, West Virginia University senior defender Kadeisha Buchanan and Stanford University junior midfielder Andi Sullivan. Andrews, a two-time NSCAA All-American, and Buchanan, a four-time NSCAA All-American, met in the College Cup final. Sullivan was an NSCAA First Team All-American for the second straight year.
The MAC Hermann Trophy, the most coveted individual honor in NCAA Division I soccer, has been awarded annually since 1967. This year’s winners will be announced on January 6, 2017 in conjunction with the 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy Banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.
About the Missouri Athletic Club: The Missouri Athletic Club has been presenting college soccer’s player of the year awards since 1986. The MAC was established in 1903 as an athletic, dining and social club. It has a “Platinum Club of America” status, which is awarded to the top private clubs in the country. To learn more about the Missouri Athletic Club, go to mac-stl.org.
About the NSCAA: Celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2016, the National Soccer Coaches Association was founded in 1941 and is based in Kansas City, Mo. It is a non-profit organization with the mission of advocating for, educating and serving soccer coaches to encourage excellence and elevate the game.
The NSCAA is the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization with members at every level of the game from youth to professional. Benefits of membership are wide ranging including a national coaching education program, $1 million of general liability insurance, recognition for players and coaches as All Americas and Coaches of the Year, the annual NSCAA Convention, networking and mentor opportunities, Soccer Journal magazine and much more. To learn more, visit www.nscaa.com.