Women's Soccer


Jeff  Hooker
Jeff Hooker

Walnut, Calif.

Head Coach

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Denver Clinches Spot in Summit League Tournament

Pioneers get five goals from five different goal scorers on Senior Day


Coaches' Corner With Jeff Hooker - Nevada Preview

Coaches' Corner With Jeff Hooker - Nevada Preview


Coaches' Corner with Jeff Hooker

Head coach Jeff Hooker recaps the Vail trip, and previews Saturday's match against Texas Tech


Get To Know Women's Soccer Coach Jeff Hooker

Here's a Q & A session with women's soccer coach Jeff Hooker


DU Women's Soccer vs. Air Force

Denver topped Air Force 1-0 in the Colorado Cup opener on Sunday morning

Success continues for the women's soccer program under the direction of head coach Jeff Hooker. His presence at Denver serves as a symbol of commitment to the University's goal of joining the national elite. Hooker became the third head coach in the program's history, taking over the reins in 1992. He completed his 26th season in charge of the Pioneers in 2017, after leading the program to a Summit League Regular Season Championship in 2016 and a Summit League Tournament title in 2017. 

The Pioneers have achieved greatness under Hooker's watch with at least eight wins in 25 of his 26 seasons, including 13 or more wins in seven of the last 11 seasons. Since 2006, the Pioneers have gone 171-67-20 overall and 90-18-6 in the conference play, while becoming the first team in history to win four-straight SBC Tournament titles and berths in the NCAA Tournament. Hooker's teams compiled a school-record 19 wins in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

In 2017, Denver reached the NCAA postseason for the first time since the 2013 campaign thanks to a Summit League Tournament title in Fargo, N.D. The Pioneers went 5-2-0 in league play with both losses coming in extra time. Jessie Dancy scored her 13th and 14th goals of the season in the two Summit League Tournament games, and Angelica Pacheco netted the game-winner in the final minutes to give Denver its second trophy in as many years. 

Following a 3-7-1 non-conference season after an injury plagued preseason in 2016, Hooker and the Pioneers were able to right the ship, finishing 5-2-1 in Summit League play and earning a share of their second regular season title since joining the league in 2013. 

Hooker's 24th season was his toughest to date as the Pioneers finished 4-12-1 with all four Denver wins coming in Summit League play. The Pioneers finished fifth in the league standings in 2016. 

In his 23rd campaign with the program, and Denver’s second season in the Summit League, a young Pioneer squad finished 10-8-2 and 5-3-0 in the Summit League. The 10 wins extended Hooker’s double-digit streak to nine-consecutive seasons. Denver’s season concluded in similar heartbreak to the 2010 campaign, as the Pioneers dropped a penalty shootout in the Summit League Championship to South Dakota State.

In their first season in The Summit League, the Pioneers swept the regular season and tournament titles, winning all nine matches against conference opposition. Hooker was named co-coach of the year in the conference, his 10th coaching honor. For the second season in a row, CIBER Field hosted a first round NCAA Tournament contest, a match Denver dropped 1-0.

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 Conference 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. The Pioneers earned a 2-0 win in the Sun Belt Conference Quarterfinals, before falling to Florida International 3-1 in the semifinals. Hamilton was named the SBC Player of the Year. Hamilton and sophomore Nicholette DiGiacomo both earned spots on the NCAA All-South Region First Team. Freshman Sam Harder was named to the NCAA All-South Region Second Team. Six Pioneers received SBC All-Conference awards. Katy Van Lieshout and Kari Storslett earned CoSIDA Academic 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. 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. Hooker claimed his eighth conference coach of the year award, while Bast was named SBC Player of the Year and freshman Nicholette DiGiacomo took SBC Co-Freshman of the Year. Bast and DiGiacomo were two 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.

In his 17th season in 2008, Hooker became the longest-serving current DU coach and tied Jim Bain, who coached women's swimming and diving for 17 years, as the longest-serving coach of a women's team at DU. Hooker earned his 200th career win in DU's season-opening 3-1 victory over New Mexico. The Pioneers earned their third consecutive Sun Belt Tournament title along with claiming the regular season conference crown, earning Hooker Co-Coach of the Year honors. 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.

Hooker led the 2007 Pioneers to a 13-5-4 record. On Sept. 23, 2007, Hooker guided DU past No. 1-ranked Stanford in a neutral site game 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.

Hooker was named Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year for the third time in 2006, as he led Denver to its best season ever 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 by Hooker's 2002 squad. The Pioneers made history when they won their first game in the NCAA Tournament, beating the University of Kentucky in the first round. Hooker placed five players on the All-SBC first team and two more on the second, while Taryn Hemmings also claimed SBC Player of the Year honors.

Between 2001-03, Hooker's teams won three-straight SBC Tournament titles and trips to the NCAA Tournament, while compiling a 51-9-4 (.828) record. Additionally, the Pioneers captured back-to-back SBC regular season titles in 2002-03.

Hooker was rewarded for his efforts by being named the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year in 2001, 2002, 2006, 2008 and 2010 to compliment his accolades as the CAC Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1995, and the Great Plains Region Coach of the Year in 1995. In addition to his responsibilities with the women's program, Hooker headed the men's soccer team during the 1996 and 1997 seasons with an overall mark of 20-12-4.

A native of Walnut, Calif., Hooker was revered as one of the finest prep players in the nation and was selected to the Junior National Team in 1983. When the team toured Mexico, Hooker started at striker, scoring in his first-ever international contest in the Youth World Cup. His collegiate playing career at UCLA was limited because of national team commitments in the under-19 World Cup, but he was able to play 51 games during his three-year stint with the Bruins, recording 20 goals and 11 assists. Hooker was also a member of the 1984 Olympic soccer team and remained a prominent member of the U.S. National Team through 1987.

Following Hooker's collegiate playing days, he joined the Colorado Foxes men's professional team from 1991-1995. During his time as a pro, the Foxes won back-to-back A-League championships in 1992 and 1993. 

DU Women's Soccer

Year W-L-T Pct. Conf.
1992 10-5-0 .667 7-1-0*
1993 8-8-1 .500 6-1-1*
1994 14-2-2 .833 9-1-2*
1995 13-3-2 .778 10-1-1*
1996 11-5-4 .650 --
1997 13-6-0 .684 --
1998 10-5-3 .639 --
1999 9-9-1 .500 --
2000 11-6-3 .625 4-2-1#
2001 16-3-2 .810 6-1-1#
2002 17-2-2 .857 8-0-0#
2003 18-4-0 .818 7-1-0#
2004 9-10-2 .476 6-2-0#
2005 8-9-2 .474 5-4-1#
2006 19-3-1 .847 11-0-0#
2007 13-5-4 .682 9-2-2#
2008 19-3-2 .833 9-1-1#
2009 17-6-1 .833 9-2-0#
2010 19-2-1 .886 11-0-0#
2011 16-5-0 .762 9-2-0#
2012 17-3-4 .792 6-0-2 ^
2013 18-2-1 .873 7-0-0 &
2014 10-8-2 .533 5-3-0 &
2015 4-12-1 .255 4-4-0 &
2016 8-9-2 .456 5-2-1 &
2017 11-9-1 .540 5-2-0 &
Totals 338-144-44 .676 158-32-13

* - Colorado Athletic Conference;# - Sun Belt Conference;^ - Western Athletic Confernece; & The Summit League

DU Men's Soccer

Year W-L-T Pct. Conf.
1996 6-9-3 .417 5-4-0
1997 14-3-1 .806 --
Total 20-12-4 .611 5-4-0

Coaching Honors

1994 - CAC Coach of the Year
1995 - CAC Coach of the Year
1995 - Great Plains Region Coach of the Year
2001 - Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year
2002 - Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year
2006 - Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year
2008 - Sun Belt Conference Co-Coach of the Year
2010 - Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year
2012 - Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year
2013 - Summit League Co-Coach of the Year

Summit League Regular Season Titles (2)

2013, 2016

Summit League Tournament Titles (2)

2013, 2017

Western Athletic Confernece Regular Season Titles (1)


Sun Belt Conference Regular Season Titles (5)

2010, 2008, 2006, 2003, 2002

Sun Belt Conference Tournament Titles (7)

2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2003, 2002, 2001



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