« Women’s Soccer 2007

Courtney Hooker

School

University of California

Position
Defender

Classroom

Hooker, a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection, boasts a 3.58 GPA as a psychology major. She is taking pre-med courses and aspires to be a doctor like her mother. She anticipates graduating in May 2008, which is quite an accomplishment for a D1 athlete at a Top 20 soccer program with her class load to graduate in four years.

Character

Hooker is the only captain on this year’s Cal team. She gives 100 percent in practice and in games. She usually plays every minute of every game. As a senior in high school, she had major retinal eye surgery that could have derailed her soccer career if it wasn’t successful. Fortunately, it was, although she still suffers from some scarring.

Community

In April 2007, Hooker participated in “Toe to Toe,” a benefit for the ODC Dance Commons, which serves nearly 10,000 artists and students and 55,000 audience members annually. The Commons is the Bay Area’s largest contemporary dance resource and a national destination for performing artists and arts enthusiasts. Fundraising enables ODC to make rehearsal space available to Bay Area performing artists at a low cost while continuing to provide the wide range of mentorship programs to the upcoming generation of artists.

Competition

Hooker is a three-time All-Pac-10 selection (one first team honor, two second team). As a sophomore, she was named a second-team All-American by Soccer Buzz and a third-team All-American by Soccer Times. As a freshman, Hooker was named a Soccer America Freshman All-American. She is a three-time NSCAA All-West Region choice (one second team, twice third team). She also is a three-time Cal Defensive MVP. During Hooker’s three plus seasons at Cal, the Bears have posted 39 shutouts in 66 games, including tying the school record of 14 shutouts in 2005. Cal also has competed in three NCAA Tournaments, advancing as far as the third round in 2005 for the first time in 17 years.