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Hacker brings home World Cup gold

By Lena Tibbelin '99

Colleen Hacker
U.S. Women's Soccer Team Sport Psychologist Colleen Hacker after the U.S. Team defeated China to win the World Cup title on July 10 in Pasadena, Calif.
PHOTO COURTESY COLLEEN HACKER
Colleen Hacker, professor and assistant dean of the School of Physical Education, could write an interesting essay on what she did during her summer vacation.

In fact, it was no vacation at all as she served as the sport psychologist for the U.S. Women's Soccer team that defeated China to win the World Cup title on July 10 in Pasadena, Calif.

Hacker said she was overwhelmed after she received her gold medal with the rest of the team and coaching staff. But in the midst of the chaos of 90,000 celebrating fans, she said there was a sense of historical significance.

"There aren't many sports where there's a true world championship, and obviously few people have the chance to participate. (We were) all aware how fortunate we were being part of that," Hacker said. The U.S. Journey to the gold was a commitment to the team and selflessness, Hacker said, and for the most part it was "a mission larger than any one person."

Hacker will stay with the team until after the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. She said her primary commitment is to the players and to the collective team effort.

Hacker received the President's Medal at Convocation Sept. 7 for her outstanding contributions to the many areas of life she touches.

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