USC senior captain Max de Vroome has earned recognition as the Pac-12 Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year after his standout academic and athletic achievements in his Trojan career. The Netherlands native compiled a 3.58 GPA at USC and completed his degree in business administration while helping his Trojans win an NCAA championship and make several more deep runs in the postseason during his playing career.
Max de Vroome joins Jaak Poldma (2009) and Robert Farah (2010) as Trojans who have claimed the Pac-12 Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor. De Vroome secured his place in USC history as a sophomore when his heroic singles victory clinched the Trojans’ fifth national championship in a six-year span. As he wraps his Trojan career, de Vroome recently earned a spot on the All-Pac-12 First Team, stepping up from last year’s Second Team selection and Honorable Mention as sophomore. Also honored this year as the ITA Southwest Region Senior Player of the Year, de Vroome won the Southern California Intercollegiate singles crown this fall before helping guide the Trojans on to their 10th consecutive NCAA appearance. Along the way, de Vroome would clinch four matches and work his way to a career-best singles ranking at No. 18 in the land. For the first time in his career, de Vroome earned himself a place in the NCAA Singles draw, and closed out his senior campaign with a 28-12 overall singles record, with an 11-7 mark in dual-match play, competing primarily at the No. 1 singles slot. He went a perfect 6-0 in Pac-12 regular-season matches in 2016. After four years of work for the Trojans, de Vroome closes down his USC career with an overall singles record of 109-42 and ranked No. 24 in the nation. In doubles, de Vroome constructed a career record of 87-44.
Academically, de Vroome — a 2016 Pac-12 All-Academic First Team honoree and a two-time Honorable Mention recipient — has shined throughout his four years as a Trojan. He earned high honors last season as a 2015 ITA Scholar-Athlete, and this year has garnered even more academic accolades as a 2016 Pac-12 Post-Graduate Scholarship Winner and a 2016 Pac-12 Tom Hansen Medal winner. His 3.58 GPA and ambition as a business administration major has helped de Vroome consistently collect Pac-12 All-Academic honors while standing out with the top GPA on his team. The senior was also named to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large Team for his work in the classroom. He also has been an active participant in the annual Rose Cup event, hosted at USC to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.
In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50% of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-12 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-12 staff members at the conclusion of each sport’s regular season. The athletic accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in the voting for the award.
A Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be named in each of the Pac-12’s 23 sponsored sports: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, beach volleyball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, football, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, men’s rowing, women’s rowing, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, men’s swimming & diving, women’s swimming & diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track & field, women’s track & field, women’s volleyball, and wrestling.