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Kristen Hamilton



Hamilton is a finance major with an impressive 3.7 GPA entering her senior year. She is planning to graduate on June 7, 2014 and is looking into finance planning or opening her own physical therapy business. She was named to the 2011 CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 for the University Division Second Team, 2011 SBC Academic Honor Roll and was placed on the Sun Belt Commissioner’s List by earning above a 3.5 GPA. Kristen was also a 2012 All-WAC Academic honoree.


Having played soccer since she was four years old, Hamilton has grown up learning and understanding teamwork. She has developed a great work ethic through soccer as well. Hamilton is humbled to be part of such a great soccer program and an amazing school that has pushed and motivated her to succeed both in the classroom and on the field. She has overcome many obstacles in her life, but the main one she reflects back on is having an eight-year-old brother with Down syndrome. Having to not only understand, but adjust to his disability are two things that she points out that has helped to shape her character into the person that she is today.


Hamilton has volunteered at the Children’s Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House and Denver Rescue Mission. She has assisted at a variety of soccer camps through DU and the Women’s Rapids team, helping to improve the skills of young kids. At the Children’s Hospital, Kristen had the opportunity to interact with a variety of different families and people to help get their minds off of their troubles with arts and craft. The Ronald McDonald house was a similar experience. She assisted in preparing and serving food for the families who were living there. At the Denver Rescue Mission, Hamilton toured the building and then helped serve all those at the Mission a meal. After serving, she had the chance to walk around and talk with the people who came in for dinner that day. Through community service, Kristen has become more open and appreciative of what she has.


Hamilton is Denver’s all-time career points leader with 138 points and the total careers goals leader with 51. Kristen is just three points shy of breaking the single season record for goals (17), assists (15) and points (43). and ranks third in single-season points with 41 that she acquired her sophomore year. She is the only Division I player to be named Player of the Year in three different conferences. She led the Pioneers to win The Summit League conference championship by scoring four goals in two games. She was awarded MVP of the tournament and named to the All-Tournament team. She was named First Team All-Summit League and Offensive Player of the Year. As a junior, she was named NSCAA Third Team All-American and First Team All-West Region. She was named WAC player of the Year in 2012 and SBC Player of the Year in 2011. The WAC honored her as a Pre-Season All-WAC selection and a two-time Player of the Week in 2012. She was named to the 2012 College Sports Madness All-American Fourth Team and a CS360 National Player of the Week (Week 6). She was named First Team All-Conference in 2012 and 2011 in the WAC and SBC, respectively, as well as the 2011 Female Athlete of the Year by the University of Denver. She was named DU’s Most Valuable Player in 2011. Kristen was honored as Soccer America National Team Player of the Week (8/24/11 and 10/26/11) and was a three-time SBC Player of the Week (8/23/11, 10/25/11 and 10/21/10). At the 2010 DU Invitational she was named to the All-Tournament Team. She continues to show leadership and an impressive work ethic as she begins her final year of collegiate soccer.