The Missouri Athletic Club announce the winner of the MAC Hermann Trophy Friday night and for the second consecutive year soccer's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy was presented to Maryland's Patrick Mullins. Mullins is the fourth male player to win back to back MAC Hermann awards (three women including Mia Hamm have won the award back to back) and the first since Virginia's Mike Fisher in 1995 and 1996. He joins Jason Garey, who captured the trophy in 2005, as the only Terrapins to win this prestigious award. The votes of NCAA Division 1 soccer coaches who are current members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and a weighted fan vote determine the winner.
A potent and productive forward, Mullins led the nation in points with 46 as a senior. He had eight assists and his 19 goals also led the nation. In 2012, Mullins won his first Hermann Trophy scoring 17 goals and registering 10 assists. His 47 career goals and 119 career points rank him second all time at Maryland in both categories.
The player whom Coach Sasho Cirovski called "one of the most coachable young men I’ve ever been around," won a host of other honors since coming to Maryland. These include being named an NSCAA First Team All-American, two All-ACC first-team honors, and the 2013 ACC Tournament Most Valuable Player to name just a few.
His career wasn't only about individual achievement, however. Maryland captured the ACC Tournament Championship in three of Mullins' four seasons as a Terp including the last two titles back to back. In his junior season, the Terps made their first College Cup appearance since capturing the NCAA crown in 2008. Despite a goal and two assists from Mullins, Maryland fell to Georgetown in the semi-final on penalty kicks. Mullins elected to return for his senior season and nearly carried Maryland to their fourth title. The Terrapins were the only 2012 College Cup participant to return to the championship weekend in 2013 and Mullins scored both goal in Maryland's 2-1 win over Virginia in the semi-final game. He also tallied the Terps' only score in their 2-1 loss to Notre Dame in the title game.
Mullins recently signed a contract with MLS and is currently in Ft. Lauderdale at the MLS Player Combine.