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  • UC Davis Head Women’s Soccer Coach: 2019-Current

  • Received her UEFA A coaching license in spring 2019

  • One of only two American women to hold the prestigious United European Football Association A Coaching License 

  • Star of the film “Coach”

  • Head coach of San Francisco State women's soccer program from 2015-19

  • Head coach at Santa Rosa Junior College from 2012-14

  • Big 8 Conference Coach of the Year while at Santa Rosa Junior College

  • Served as an assistant coach at University of California Berkeley in 2009

  • National Premier League Director and coach for the Livermore Fusion Soccer Club since 2015.

  • technical director for the Heritage Soccer Club from 2003-10

  • 3x Pac-10 All-Academic Team selection: 2003-05

  • Two-year team captain (2004-05), starting every match on the back line throughout her final two seasons. 

  • Cal's Freshman of the Year with nine goals

  • United Soccer Coaches All-West Region 2005

  • Played professionally in the WPS for FC Gold Pride after being selected in the fourth round of the 2008 WPS General Draft. She also represented the Atlanta Beat in 2009

  • Bachelor's degree in mass communications from California in 2006

  • Two master's degrees: an Ed.M. in counseling specializing in sport psychology from Boston University (2011) and a master's in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University (2014).

  • Earned her UEFA "B" License from the Welsh FA in 2016, United States Soccer Federation (USSF) "B" Coaching License in 2017, and United Soccer Coaches (formerly the National Soccer Coaches Association of America) National Diploma in 2009

Written By: Amy Willison Minicilli '04

If you have ever met Tracy Hamm, you know how truly special she is. Tracy does everything with a purpose, a clear intention and a fiery passion. It radiates so naturally and is felt by all those in her presence. When Tracy walks into a room or onto a soccer field, you feel it. You really, really feel it. Her energy is contagious. She has an undeniable confidence and you cannot help but feel inspired.


I remember my junior year when Tracy showed up to training camp as a freshman. I was immediately drawn by her conviction and her competitive spirit. She waltzed in with so much poise and self-assurance that I thought to myself “Okay, this chick is a badass. Not only are we going to be great teammates, but we’re going to be great friends.”  I’m happy that my initial thoughts that day came to fruition. Throughout our years together at Cal, we shared so many amazing memories on and off the field. I am so grateful to have played with Tracy and to have experienced firsthand that Tracy Hamm magic that ignites when she’s on the field. 


By the end of her freshman year at Cal in 2002, Tracy was the leading scorer with nine goals and was named Cal's Freshman of the Year. During her four-year tenure at Cal, she was an All-Pac-10 academic honorable mention three times and started every game in her junior and senior seasons.


Tracy remained committed to soccer after graduating in 2006. She played with the California Storm, as well as FC Gold Pride and Atlanta Beat in the WPS. At the end of her illustrious playing career, Tracy turned her passion into purpose by choosing to coach soccer at Santa Rosa Junior College, San Francisco State and now currently at UC Davis. Tracy is also only one of two American women to hold the prestigious United European Football Association A coaching license. Tracy was also the subject of the 2019 documentary film, “Coach”, which followed her quest to earn the internationally renowned UEFA A coaching license.


Tracy is many things: smart, tough, resilient, compassionate, humble, and fun as hell. She is a movie star, motivator, role model, a lion who doesn’t need to roar and most definitely a legend. Her work ethic is unmatched. She does not take ‘no’ for an answer. When she wants something, she works hard and finds a way to make it happen. She embodies “leadership by example”, and we are so fortunate to call her a Bear. 


Tracy is the kind of friend who shows up. Always shows up. She puts everyone around her first—the best kind of friend and person to have in your life.

Torrey Delaplane '08


Saying Tracy is incredible simply isn't good enough. There's not a strong enough word. She's a force, she inspires and motivates everyone around her, she defines toughness, she's fun as hell, and beyond all else, she's fiercely loyal. She taught me to be a stronger player, she made me a better friend, and she pushed me to be my best self. She still pushes me to be better, even from afar. At 36 years old, Tracy continues to inspire me. Her relentless pursuit of greatness is contagious. Her motto of ‘how you do anything is how you do everything’ is now one of mine too.”

Liz Eisenberg Casso-Gomez '06

Tracy is badass! She does things unapologetically at 110%, but with the motivation of few and a huge heart. She is strong, but soft, unapologetic and honest. She has the courage to take risks, go out of her comfort zone, and the courage to go where there are no guarantees. She is fierce, fearless, motivated, passionate, and determined! Most of all, she has the balance between being gentle and being fierce. Again, she is a badass and we all love her.

Ashley Valenzuela Takeoka '04

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Written By: Stacey Chapman '88

Growing up near Palo Alto and the  Snobfarm, Cal actually wasn’t on Harv’s list of schools. It was late in the recruiting season when she got a call from Head Coach Bill Merrell inviting her for an official visit. Truth, she wasn’t sure she wanted to go. That, however,  changed when her dad, Lynley, a nuclear physicist, said “ you have a chance to go to Cal, get in the car.” When she got to the campus, she fell in love with it. I think we’d all agree she made the right choice


I could go on and on about what an amazing goalkeeper she was, but I think her ‘96 Olympic Gold Medal and ‘91 FIFA Women’s World Cup Championship speak volumes about her ability between the pipes. It’s truly remarkable, given the Coke bottle glasses she wore. She recently confessed to me that she has no depth perception. Well, that explains some things. 


What I remember most, is how much Harv studied. She worked so hard in the classroom and business classes were her jam. I think it’s fair to say she was pretty much a business school nerd. On a road trip to play Boston College, a group of us went to Harvard to check out the sites. Harv was so excited. We all got a Harvard sweatshirt except Harv. She didn’t just get a Harvard sweatshirt, she got a Harvard Business School sweatshirt. In hindsight, it all makes sense. Sidenote, she got a new nickname that day,  Hahv.  Say it with your best Boston accent. Hahv.


When Harv retired from the game, her real work began. She got her MBA, and joined FIFA as their first-ever female Director. She led the Development Division where she galvanized support to create the first-ever U17 FIFIA Women’s World Cup. She worked tirelessly to grow the game by clearing the way for girls and women, all over the world, to play football.


Harv has some amazing firsts. Way too many to list here, but I do want to share one of her proudest moments.  As a Special Advisor for the United FIFA World Cup Bid 2026, she wrote the first-ever comprehensive human rights strategy for a mega-sporting event. Funny thing is the Trump White House had to review the bid before it could be put forward. Little did they know a bleeding-heart, lesbian liberal from Cal wrote the human rights strategy. Clearly, the West Wing didn’t bother reading that section of the bid, big shock. If they had, they would have seen Harv’s point of view on human rights all over it. It goes without saying, her POV did not align with theirs. And as we all know, the 2026 United Bid won the right to host the 2026 World Cup. Thanks Harv.


Harv likes to say “I’m a colossal nerd who comes from a family of nerds. Who, through my own life experience, gained an empathy for those who feel like they don’t belong.” 


And from there, her life’s work just makes sense doesn’t it?


  • NCAA

    • 1986 Goalkeeper of the Year

    • 1984 NCAA Final Four All Tournament Team

  • US Women’s National team (1989-1996)  

    • FIFA World Cup 1991 Champion (started all games),

    • FIFA World Cup 1995 Bronze Medalist 

    • Olympic Games 1996 Gold Medalist European Club:

  • German Women’s Bundesliga

    • FSV Frankfurt (Women’s Bundesliga): 1988-1992  

      • German Cup Champion 

    • Swedish Damallsvenskan 

      • Hammarby IF : 1993

      • Tyresö FF: 1994


  • US Soccer Medal of Honor (1991 team)

  • USOC Hall of Fame (1996 team)

  • US Soccer Werner Fricker Award Recipient (2016) – first woman to receive this honor 

  • AYSO Hall of Fame (first woman inducted)

  • United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA):  2021 Presidential Award recipient


Sports Governance

  • Founding Chair - US Soccer Athlete Council (1997)

  • US Soccer Executive Committee (1998-2003)

  • US Soccer Board of Directors (1992-2003)

  • FIFA Director of Development (first female member of senior management) – (2003-2008)

    • Established the U17FIFA Women’s World Cup

    • Brought 100% of FIFA development funds under independent audit, etc.

  • US Department of State Sports Envoy

    • 6 missions- Iraq, Jordan, Mexico and Canada


Professional Career  Link 

  • CEO, Center for Sport and Human Rights 2019 to present

  • Currently Vice Chair Board of Directors, Green Sports Alliance 2013 - Present

  • Special Advisor Humans Rights and Sustainability, United FIFA World Cup Bid 2026  2017 - 2018

  • COO, Women’s Professional Soccer League 2008 - 2010

  • FIFA Director, Development Division 2003-2005

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