1982 Hermann Trophy Winner
College: Duke University
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, New York
Joe Ulrich looms as one of the key figures in the rise of Duke men's soccer to national prominence under Coach John Rennie.
Ulrich transferred to Duke from junior college for his final two college seasons, 1981 and 1982, and helped the Blue Devils become household names in college soccer.
Stationed in the heart of the defense as the sweeper, Ulrich earned first team All-America honors in 1981 as Duke went 16-4 and made the NCAA tournament. He then served as a catalyst to one of Duke's best seasons in 1982, repeating as first-team All-America for a team that went 22-1-2, its lone loss coming in a memorable eight-overtime NCAA championship contest with Indiana.
Ulrich became the first of Duke's six national soccer players of the year by earning the Hermann Trophy in 1982 (others include: Mike Jeffries, Tom Kain, John Kerr, Ali Curtis & Andrew Wenger). After Duke, he was a first-round selection in four pro soccer drafts and enjoyed a pro career with the Dallas Sidekicks of the MISL.