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Derek Waldeck

School

Stanford

Position
Midfielder
Major
Human Biology

Classroom

A human biology major, Derek Waldeck owns a 3.06 GPA and is a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention selection. His career interests lie in the realm of human performance – physical therapy, sports performance and data analysis – as he has participated in a number of psychology studies on campus, specifically on the topics of decision-making and group interactions. He has also completed his studies in just over three years and will be graduating two quarters early at the conclusion of the fall session.

Character

A tireless worker and team captain, Waldeck is the midfield engine behind college soccer’s most successful program over the last half-decade. Stanford has won three of the last four NCAA titles, five consecutive Pac-12 championships and posted a 79-14-18 (.793) overall record since 2014.

Community

Waldeck worked for an organization in the Bay Area called Soccer Shots, coaching children from ages 3-8 on the weekends during the offseason. He also is involved in a campus group called Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Action (FCAIA) and served as the president during his junior year.

Competition

As of nomination time, the senior midfielder had appeared in every one of Stanford’s 69 matches in his career, made 41 starts, scored twice and has 16 assists. As part of the Cardinal, he earned College Soccer News National Team of the Week honors (Sept. 10, 2018) and Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week honors (Dec. 6, 2016).