Hagglund Named To MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
Aug 20, 2013
CINCINNATI - On Tuesday, Xavier men's soccer senior defender Nick Hagglund (Cincinnati, Ohio/ Lakota West HS) was named to the initial watch list for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy for the second consecutive season.
Selected by head coaches of NCAA Division I programs who are members of the NSCAA, The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in college soccer presented annually to one male and one female athlete.
A total of 29 different schools and 10 countries are represented on the list, including players from the United States, Jamaica, Ghana, Puerto Rico, Ireland, Senegal Brazil, Chile and Trinidad. Hagglund is one of three student-athletes from the BIG EAST Conference to appear on the list joining Georgetown's Steve Neumann and St. John's Tim Parker. He is the only player from his home state of Ohio.
Known as a reliable and athletic center back, the 2012 Atlantic 10 Defender of the Year, recently earned Preseason All-BIG EAST honors, a College Soccer News preseason All-America first team selection and TopDrawerSoccer.com's Preseason Best XI second team honors. In addition to the Defensive Player of the Year honor last season, Hagglund was also an A-10 All-Conference first team pick, a 2012 NSCAA All-America second team selection, a 2012 College Soccer News All-America third team honoree and was named to the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List.
In his three seasons on the pitch for Coach Andy Fleming and the Musketeers, Hagglund has been a fixture for Xavier. He's amassed 61 starts, 5,512 minutes played, four goals and eight assists. The Blue & White have recorded 20 shutouts with Hagglund as a member of the backline.
Near the end of the collegiate regular season, NCAA Division I coaches that are NSCAA members will vote on their top choices and the lists will be narrowed down to the top 15. College soccer fans will also have the opportunity to participate in the selection process, as they will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalist starting in November at the MAC Hermann Trophy website.
From that pool of 30, six finalists (three men, three women) will be chosen for the award. The winners will be announced in January.
For more information about the history of the MAC Hermann Trophy and a list of past winners, visit http://www.nscaa.com/awards/college/mac-hermann-trophy.
2013 NSCAA College Men's Hermann Award Watch List
# - 2012 Hermann Award Winner
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 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 NSCAA, the Missouri Athletic Conference and the Hermann Trophy merged to create a unified award 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, Mo.
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.