DURHAM, N.C.—Daniele Proch continues to haul in the hardware this awards season, earning United Soccer Coaches Division I Men’s All-America second team honors as announced by the association late Thursday night. Proch is among the 36 players selected and one of six players from the ACC chosen.
Duke placed a Blue Devil on the All-America squads for the second consecutive season after Brian White earned third-team honors in 2017. Proch’s second team recognition is the highest for a Blue Devil since Andrew Wenger was voted to the first team in 2011. The only other ACC schools to have at least one player named to the list were Wake Forest and North Carolina.
The Blue Devils’ offensive leader, Proch had a breakout season with 11 goals and four assists en route to earning All-ACC first team honors. His selection by the league’s coaches to the first team marked the first time a Duke player has made the top squad since 2015.
Proch, a native of Riva Del Garda, Italy, joined the Blue Devils in the fall of 2017 after a standout season at Catawba College. After a solid first season with Duke, Proch returned in 2018, stronger and fitter and immediately left his mark on the field.
He got off to a hot start with five goals in his first three games of 2018, matching his total from 20 games the year prior. Proch continued to score for the Blue Devils, tallying a goal in six of seven games in the middle of the season as Duke became a mainstay in the top 10 of the national rankings.
Possessing great instincts on the field and especially around the goal, he also dished out both assists in Duke’s 2-0 road win over Virginia Tech. His 26 points this season were the most by a Blue Devil since 2011 Hermann Trophy winner Andrew Wenger had 42.
This All-America honor is the latest of a long list of awards for the junior. He was an All-South Region first team choice, garnered Google Cloud Academic All-America and All-District honors and perhaps the most prestigious was being named a Hermann Trophy semifinalist.
For his career at Duke, Proch has played in 40 games with 37 starting assignments. He owns 16 goals and 38 points in those contests.
The Blue Devils finished the year with an 11-7-2 overall record and advanced to the NCAA third round. Duke earned the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year and advanced to the ACC Semifinals after finishing third in the regular season standings.