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Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Wenger Named Hermann Trophy Winner
Friday 01/06/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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ST. LOUIS, Mo.-Duke University junior forward Andrew Wenger was named the winner of the 2011 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, presented to the best female and male players in NCAA Division I soccer. Wenger is the fourth Blue Devil in history to capture the crystal ball trophy from the Missouri Athletic Club.

The winners were decided by a vote of NCAA Division I soccer coaches whose programs are current members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Teresa Noyola of Stanford was the women's award winner. The Missouri Athletic Club has only been presenting college soccer's players of the year awards since 1986 with the M.A.C. Player of the Year Award and Hermann Trophy Award merging in 2002.

Wenger becomes the first MAC Hermann Trophy winner to be coached by a former winner. Duke head coach John Kerr won the award in 1986 while playing for the Blue Devils. Overall, Wenger is the sixth Duke player to win the Hermann Trophy, following Joseph Ulrich (1982), Michael Jeffries (1983), Thomas Kain (1985), Kerr (1986) and Ali Curtis (1999). Duke is tied with Indiana with the most Hermann Trophy winners in history.

"This is an incredible honor for Andrew and for Duke," Kerr said. "He is the epitome of the Duke student-athlete. He arrived at Duke as a midfielder but was needed by the team as a defender.  He played center back his first two seasons and as a junior he transitioned into a striker, leading the team and the ACC in scoring.  Perhaps the most impressive of Andrew's attributes is that he is an outstanding student and was recently named a first team Academic All-American.  Andrew is coachable, leads by example and will do whatever the team needs in order to be successful.  He is a wonderful, caring person and a joy to coach."

After two years of anchoring Duke's defense at center back, Wenger moved forward to headline Duke's offense in 2011. He led the ACC with 17 goals and 42 points overall and ranked fourth nationally in total points and sixth in total goals. A starter in every game for Duke over the past three years, Wenger has reaped nearly every ACC award possible. He was selected as the 2011 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, completing the trifecta of ACC major awards after being named the ACC Rookie of the Year and ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010, respectively.

 Equally as successful in the classroom, Wenger became the second Blue Devil in program history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America first team honors and has earned spots on both the All-ACC Academic Team and ACC Academic Honor Roll each of his three seasons. He most recently was named to the NSCAA Collegiate Scholar All-America first team, one of four juniors to be honored.

For his career, Wenger has started all 63 games, played all but 131 minutes in that span and registered 21 goals and 13 assists for 55 points.

Wenger recently signed a Generation adidas contract to pursue a career in Major League Soccer. The MLS SuperDraft will be held Jan. 12. He also has been selected to train for the U.S. Under-23 National Team as it prepares for Olympic qualifying.

Based in Kansas City, Kan., the NSCAA is the largest coaches' organization in the world. Since its founding in 1941, it has grown to include more than 30,000 members who coach both genders at all levels of the sport. In addition to a national rankings program for colleges and high schools, NSCAA offers an extensive recognition program that presents nearly 10,000 individual awards every year. It fulfills its mission of coaching education through a nationwide program of clinics and week-long courses, teaching more than 6,000 soccer coaches each year.


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