DURHAM, N.C.—Duke junior Daniele Proch’s success on the field this season is matched by his excellence in the classroom. Days after being named to the United Soccer Coaches All-America second team, he has been voted to the association’s Scholar All-South Region first team.
Duke’s first CoSIDA Academic All-American since 2011, earning third team recognition last week, Proch has reaped virtually every award possible this postseason. In addition to his All-America honor and Google Cloud Academic All-America award, he also recently was named a Hermann Trophy Semifinalist, the first for a Blue Devil since Andrew Wenger won the award in 2011, and garnered All-ACC first team honors. His second team All-America honors were the highest for a Blue Devil wince Wenger was a first-team choice in 2011.
A history major, Proch has excelled on the field and in the classroom since arriving on campus in the fall of 2017. He was named to the Google Cloud All-District III team in his first year of eligibility and is one of two ACC players represented on the USC Scholar All-South Region first team. Overall, only four ACC players were voted to Scholar All-Region with Duke, Clemson, Louisville and Notre Dame being represented.
Duke’s first All-ACC first-team honoree since 2015, Proch paced the Duke offense with 11 goals and four assists for 26 points. The native of Italy got off to a hot start with five goals in his first three games of 2018, matching his total from 20 games in 2017.
He continued to score for the Blue Devils, tallying a goal in six of seven games in the middle of the season. Possessing great instincts on the field overall, he also dished out both assists in Duke’s 2-0 road win over Virginia Tech. His 26 points were the most by a Blue Devil since 2011 Hermann Trophy winner Andrew Wenger had 42.
Proch’s play regularly caught peoples eye as he picked up weekly recognition twice from College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer and was named the John Rennie Invitational Most Valuable Player.
In the classroom, Proch holds a 3.70 grade point average as a history major and was voted to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
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.