NCAA Soccer – 2012 AWK Award Semi-Finalists

Without further ado, here are the semi-finalists for the 2012 NCAA AWK Awards. Though the open ballot voting portion of the awards has ended, coaches who received ballots but who haven’t voted yet can still vote, though only for the listed semi-finalists. Finalists will be announced on January 7, with the fan voting opening on the same day. Winners will be announced on January 10.

AWK Coach of the Year

Becky Burleigh – Florida
Anson Dorrance – North Carolina
Mike Friesen – San Diego State
Marci Jobson – Baylor
Mark Krikorian – Florida State
Paul Ratcliffe – Stanford
Jennifer Rockwood – BYU
Markus Roeders – Marquette
Randy Waldrum – Notre Dame
Erica Walsh – Penn State

AWK Rookie of the Year

Janine Beckie – F – Texas Tech
Makenzy Doniak – F – Virginia
Summer Green – F – North Carolina
Ifeoma Onemonu – F – Cal
Cassie Pecht – M – Duke
Cari Roccaro – M/F – Notre Dame
Raquel Rodriguez – M – Penn State
Isabella Schmid – M – Florida State
Emily Sonnett – D – Virginia
Merel Van Dongen – M – Alabama
Mallory Weber – M/F – Penn State
Hannah Wilkinson – F – Tennessee

AWK Golden Glove

Aubrey Bledsoe – Wake Forest
Rachel Boaz – San Diego State
Amanda Engel – Marquette
Adrianna Franch – Oklahoma State
Adelaide Gay – North Carolina
Cynthia Jacobo – Cal State Northridge
Haley Kopmeyer – Michigan
Erin McNulty – Penn State
Emily Oliver – Stanford
Erica Owens – BYU
Abby Smith – Texas
Kelsey Wys – Florida State

AWK Defender of the Year

Natasha Anasi – Duke
Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall – BYU
Abby Dahlkemper – UCLA
Alina Garciamendez – Stanford
Jaelene Hinkle – Texas Tech
Ines Jaurena – Florida State
Kendall Johnson – Portland
Morgan Johnson – Texas Tech
Kassey Kallman – Florida State
Ally Miller – Marquette
Satara Murray – North Carolina
Rachel Quon – Stanford
Casey Short – Florida State

AWK Midfielder of the Year

Morgan Brian – Virginia
Amber Brooks – North Carolina
Daphne Corboz – Georgetown
Vanessa DiBernardo – Illinois
Crystal Dunn – North Carolina
Julie Johnston – Santa Clara
Holly King – Florida
Kristen Mewis – Boston College
Christine Nairn – Penn State
Mariah Nogueira – Stanford
Raquel Rodriguez – Penn State
Erika Tymrak – Florida

AWK Forward of the Year

Janine Beckie – Texas Tech
Zakiya Bywaters – UCLA
Tiffany Cameron – Ohio State
Renae Cuellar – Oklahoma
Maya Hayes – Penn State
Tiffany McCarty – Florida State
Tesa McKibben – St. Francis (PA)
Carolina Miller – Virginia
Kealia Ohai – North Carolina
Katie Stengel – Wake Forest
Chioma Ubogagu – Stanford
Taylor Uhl – Minnesota
Courtney Verloo – Stanford

8 thoughts on “NCAA Soccer – 2012 AWK Award Semi-Finalists

  1. VaFan

    I am pretty stunned that Steve Swanson of UVa is not on the Coach of the Year list. Winning the ACC and the U20 World Cup within a span of a few months? Hmmm….

      1. LetsGetReal

        So Steven Swanson not being listed, but Randy Wandrum of Notre Dame is? What’s the justification for UND Coach over UVA Coach? UVA wins ACC tourney, Notre Dame only ties for regular season division champ in an ever weakening Big East (only 4 in NCAA) and lost tiebreaker.

        I think Marci Jobson has to be a finalist or the winner of Coach of the Year. What she has done with Baylor that was traditionally one of the worst teams in Big 12 with Tech/ISU, to win the tourney and almost beat UNC. She should be recognized for truly having the best coaching year.

        Adi Franch Better Not Be A Finalist. Over a goal against. Only 6 shutouts. Only good defensive game was 0-0 tie with baylor. She is living off her previous years and her youth national team career (like Swanson not being listed as Coach of a Year Semifinalist

        1. Chris

          Notre Dame was coming off a 10-8-1 season (and an uncharacteristic first-round loss in the NCAA tournament) and had 12 freshmen on its 24-player roster this year, yet Waldrum guided this team to a 16-6-2 record and a spot in the NCAA quarterfinals (defeating top-10 teams Wake Forest and Florida on the road before a 1-0 loss at Florida State) and as you mentioned, a share of the BIG EAST National Division title.

          Sounds to me like he MORE than earned his paycheck this season, let alone a spot on this semifinalist list.

          1. LetsGetReal

            It’s coach of the year, not better coaching job than last season. They had 2 big wins and a luke warm Santa Clara win. Virginia won ACC Tourney, best conference in the nation. Beat UNC and FSU in ACC Tourney.

            If your turn around methodology, then jerry smith would have been nominated as well the year after santa clara had that losing season.

            I think winning ACC Tourney is bigger than a share of a divisional big east share and a lose in a weakening conference/tourney.

            but hey not my list. decent argument.

  2. Paladin Faithful

    You’ve got to be kidding. No Stephanie DeVita, from Furman, on the Rookie of the Year list? She was Southern Conference Player of the Year (voted by the coaches), leading scorer in the conf in goals, points, and game-winning goals, and also in the top 10 nationally (all players, not just freshmen) in all three categories. While the SoCon as a whole admittedly is not BCS-level, Furman was not too shabby … top 100 nationally in RPI.

  3. VaFan

    Speaking for myself, I might (and do) have issues with some of the choices, but that’s because I follow the college game and WNT and have opinions — and it turns out that there are other folks out there who do, too. It is SO great that AWK offers this coverage and a forum for discussion. Thanks again.


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