A junior at Florida State University with strong family roots in Crawford has been voted by the coaches as this season’s winner of the Hermann Trophy, awarded by the Missouri Athletic Club to the top women’s soccer player in NCAA D-1.
Jaelin Howell is a midfielder and just the second Hermann winner in school history. She helped lead the Seminoles to a 13-1 season and the national championship game as the ACC Midfielder of the Year and a 1st-Team United Soccer Coaches All-American.
Howell’s grandparents are Roy and Donna Norgard of Crawford while her mother Laura was a multi-sport athlete at Crawford High who lettered 2 years in volleyball at Chadron State College. Laura then transferred to Colorado State where John Howell, a native of Mullen, was a standout football player.
John went on to play 6 years in the NFL and win a Super Bowl ring with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also hosted a pair of celebrity golf tournaments at Legend Buttes Golf Course that provided the initial funding for the Crawford High weight room.
Jaelin Howell was one of 54 nominees and 3 finalists for the Hermann Trophy, a 10-pound crystal soccer ball presented annually since 1967. The other finalists were her FSU teammate Malia Berkely and ACC foe Brianna Pinto of North Carolina.
D-1 soccer was moved from the fall to the spring this season by COVID-19 and Howell plans to return to FSU for her senior season. She’s expected to be a high pick in the NWSL – National Women’s Soccer League – draft this coming January.