Tracy, Hanks named as Hermann Trophy winners
Senior forwards Marcus Tracy of Wake Forest University and Kerri Hanks of the University of Notre Dame are the winners of the 2008 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, presented to the top male and female players in NCAA Division I soccer. The winners were decided by a vote of NCAA Division I soccer coaches who are current members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Tracy scored 13 goals and added 10 assists during the 2008 season. He was one of only two players in the country to finish the year with double-digit totals in goals and assists. Tracy registered at least one point in 16 of Wake Forest's 24 games. He was honored for his stellar play by being named a first-team All-ACC selection and a first-team NSCAA/adidas All-America.
Tracy becomes the first Wake Forest player to win the MAC Hermann Trophy. During his career, Tracy helped Wake Forest to a 74-15-9 record, a national title in 2007 and finished his career ranked in the school's top 10 in points (83), goals (30) and assists (23).
The top runner-up was Akron sophomore forward Steve Zakuani, followed by Wake Forest senior midfielder Sam Cronin (Winston-Salem, N.C.).
Hanks who also won the MAC Hermann Trophy in 2006, becomes just the fourth two-time winner joining Mia Hamm (North Carolina, 1992-93), Cindy Parlow (North Carolina, 1997-98) and Christine Sinclair (Portland, 2004-05). She is the only player, male or female, to win the award in non-consecutive years. She finished the 2008 season ranked fifth in the nation in goals (20), tied for third in assists (15) and tied for second in points (55). Hanks was named a NSCAA/adidas first-team All-America and the Big East Offensive Player of the Year.
Hanks finishes her collegiate career tied for second on the NCAA career assists list. She also ranks in the top 20 in seven other NCAA career scoring categories. Hanks established 63 different Notre Dame school records for career, single-season and postseason.
The first runner-up was North Carolina junior forward Casey Nogueira, followed by UCLA senior midfielder Christina DiMartino.