Mia Hamm is a legend and icon for women’s soccer in the United States and globally. We are very fortunate to have her coaching at the Academy again in the summer of 2020 as part of the TeamFirst Soccer Academy during Session IX.
Camper Experiences with Mia Hamm
Every athlete had the opportunity to work with Mia on the field, participate in a Q&A session and receive an autograph and photo with one of the greatest soccer players in the world.
Hall of Fame Soccer Legend
Mia Hamm is considered to be the best female soccer player of all time. She has demonstrated poise and humility emphasizing the team’s importance over her individual achievement. Since retirement, Mia has become a highly desirable coach, and we are fortunate to have her as one of our Visiting Pros. Mia has coached at the Academy since 2014 with the TeamFirst Soccer Academy. She will be back at Berky this summer during Session IX.
Highlights from Session II with Mia
Mia Hamm joined the U.S. Women’s National Team in 1987 and played for 17 years. In 1991, Mia became the youngest team member in history to win the World Cup at age 19. Five years later, Hamm and her teammates secured the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics. In 1999, Hamm not only helped her team win the Women’s World Cup but set a new record for most international goals, a record she held until 2014 when it was surpassed by Abby Waumbach. Hamm was Soccer USA’s Player of the Year from 1994 through 1998, was MVP of the 1995 Women’s World Cup, and was named FIFA’s “World Player of the Year” in 2001 and 2004. She retired in 2004 after helping her team win an Olympic gold medal. Mia was inducted into the United States National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2007.
Hamm attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she helped lead the Tar Heels to four NCAA women’s championships. She was an All-American and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) player of the year for her last three years. Mia is married to MLB Great Nomar Garciapara, and they have three children. She enjoys her work coaching for TeamFirst Soccer Academy, where she is a hands on coach and has the opportunity to pass on her love of soccer to the next generation of players.