Katie Hooker, formerly Katie Antongiovanni, wrapped up her ninth season as an assistant coach with the Pioneers in 2012.
The 2012 Pioneers not only reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009, but advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 for the first time in program history. Hooker was named the Western Athletic Confernece Coach of the Year, leading the program to a 17-3-4 overall record and a 6-2-0 mark in the WAC. Kristen Hamilton was named the WAC Player of the Year and was joined by six other Pioneers on WAC all-conference teams in 2012. Denver hosted its first NCAA Tournament game in first season, earning a 3-1 result over Colorado College in the NCAA First Round. The Pioneers followed that up with a trip to Stanford, Calif., where DU erased a two-goal deficit to upset No. 4 Maryland 3-2 in extra time. Kaitlin Bast became the third player in program history to join the 100-point club in that NCAA Tournament win over Colorado College. Bast finished her career with 104 points.
In 2011, Denver finished 16-5-0 (.762) overall and 9-2-0 (.818) in its final year in the SBC. DU took a SBC Semifinals dismissal to Florida International by a count of 3-1. Sophomores Kristen Hamilton and Nicholette DiGiacomo both earned spots on the NCAA All-South Region First Team, while freshman Sam Harder landed a spot on the second team. Hamilton was named the SBC Player of the Year. Six Pioneers recieved SBC All-Confernece awards. Katy Van Lieshout and Kari Storslett earned CoSIDA Acadademic All-American First Team honors.
The 2010 Pioneers went 19-2-1 (.886) overall and 11-0-0 (1.000) in the Sun Belt Conference regular season, recording the best winning percentages in team history. However, a shootout loss following a 0-0 tie in the SBC Tournament championship game snapped DU's record streak of four-straight SBC Tournament titles and trips to the NCAA Tournament. Sophomore Kaitlin Bast was named SBC Player of the Year and freshman Nicholette DiGiacomo took SBC Co-Freshman of the Year, leading a list of seven DU players named All-SBC.
In 2009, the Pioneers claimed their fourth-consecutive Sun Belt Tournament championship before facing Portland in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. Five Pioneers were named All-Sun Belt Conference, including freshman Kaitlin Bast who earned a spot on the All-SBC First Team before claiming the Most Outstanding Player award at the SBC Tournament.
The Pioneers earned their third consecutive Sun Belt Tournament title along with claiming the regular season conference crown in 2008. Senior forward Taryn Hemmings was named the SBC Player of the Year for a second time, and a league-high six Pioneers earned All-SBC honors.
The 2007 Pioneers went 13-5-4, including a DU win over No. 1-ranked Stanford in a neutral site game on Sept. 23, 2007 in Boulder, Colo., marking the first time Denver defeated the nation's top team. After going 9-2-2 in the Sun Belt Conference, the Pioneers captured their fifth SBC Tournament title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Denver had its best season to date in 2006, as the team went 19-3-1 overall, swept the 11 conference games and captured the SBC Tournament title. The team tied DU's record of 15-consecutive victories, originally set in 2002 when Hooker played for DU. The Pioneers made history when they won their first game in the NCAA Tournament, beating the University of Kentucky in the first round. Five DU players landed on the All-SBC first team and two more on the second, while Taryn Hemmings also claimed SBC Player of the Year honors.
After a record-setting collegiate career at Denver and Iowa State, Antongiovanni was drafted by the Atlanta Beat of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) before being traded to the San Jose Cyber Rays in 2003.
Antongiovanni brought her skills and experience back to the Pioneers. She received numerous awards and honors during her collegiate career. In 2001, Antongiovanni received SBC Newcomer of the Year, Soccer Buzz All-America Honorable Mention, NSCAA All-Central Second Team, All-SBC First Team and All-SBC Tournament Team. In 2002, she shined again, receiving the 2002 SBC Most Outstanding Player award, and was named to the All-SBC First Team and Tournament Team, and NSCAA All-Central Region First Team.
At Iowa State she was named Big 12 Rookie of the Year in 1999 along with Second-Team All-Big 12 and all-conference tournament team. In 2000, Antongiovanni was named First-Team All-Big 12 and First-Team All-Academic Big 12.