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Jeff Hooker

Jeff Hooker

Head Coach

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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 will begin his 25th season in charge of the Pioneers and coach his 500th women's match in 2016.

The Pioneers have achieved greatness under Hooker's watch with at least eight wins in 23 of his 24 seasons, including 13 or more wins in seven of the last nine seasons. Since 2006, the Pioneers have gone 152-49-17 overall and 80-14-5 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.

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.

Kris Peat

Kris Peat

Associate Head Coach

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Kris Peat wrapped up his eighth season of his second stint coaching soccer at DU in 2015. Peat returned to the University of Denver in May 2008 as a women's soccer assistant coach. He served as DU's assistant men's coach and women's goalkeeping coach in 1999-2000.

After going winless outside of the league in 2015, Denver finished Summit League play 4-4-0 for a fifth place finish in the league. The Pioneers went 2-5 at home and 2-6 on the road in 2015.

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 the program'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. For the second season in a row, CIBER Field hosted a first round NCAA Tournament contest, a match Denver dropped 1-0. Denver finished the campaign with an 18-2-1 mark.

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 Confernece 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. DU fell to Florida International by a count of 3-1 in the SBC Semifinals. Sophomore Kristen 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, while freshman Sam Harder landed a spot on the second team. Six Pioneers recieved SBC All-Confernece awards. Katy Van Lieshout and Kari Storslett earned CoSIDA Acadademic 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. However, 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. Sophomore Kaitlin Bast was named SBC Player of the Year and freshman Nicholette DiGiacomo took SBC Co-Freshman of the Year, leading a list 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.

The Pioneers earned their third consecutive Sun Belt Tournament title along with claiming the regular season conference crown in 2008. 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.

Peat served as a volunteer assistant coach at Georgia State from 2006-08. Prior to Georgia State, Peat was the assistant/goalkeeper coach for the Atlanta Beat of the Women's United Soccer Association in 2003. During that time, Peat worked with a number of local soccer clubs that included Cobb F.C., Tophat and Atlanta Youth Soccer Association. He also worked with the Olympic Development Programs in Colorado and Georgia, serving as both coach and goalkeeper instructor. When the WUSA folded in 2003, Peat accepted the role of Director of Coaching for the Atlanta Youth Soccer Association in 2004 and worked closely with the board of directors and Executive Director Nel Fettig on all aspects of the club. Peat holds a USSF A license.

Peat's coaching career began with Wichita United in Wichita, Kan. He coached several boys and girls teams with the club and served as their goalkeeper director from 1992-99. After leaving Wichita, Peat accepted a coaching position at DU as the assistant men's coach and women's goalkeeper coach. He was also very active in youth soccer in Denver, where he was the goalkeeper director for Littleton United in 1999 and held the same position with the Colorado Rush in 1999-2000.

Peat played professional soccer from 1988-99 with the Albany Capitals of the American Soccer League, Los Angeles Lazers and Cleveland Crunch of the MISL, LA United of the World United Soccer League, and the Wichita Wings from 1989-99, where he earned all-star status during the 1992 and 1993 seasons. Peat retired in 1999 from professional soccer and his jersey was retired by the Wichita Wings organization in 2000.

A 1984 graduate of Vernon High School (N.J.), Peat attended North Carolina State University from 1984-87, where he received Adidas and Parade All-American honors in 1982 and 1983 as a goalkeeper. During this time Peat was a member of the U18 Youth National team from 1982-84. As a four-year starter at N.C. State, Peat captained the team in 1986 and was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference team in 1984 and All-ACC Tournament team in 1987. Peat still holds the team records for most saves in a single season with 145 in 1987 and career shutouts with 27, and he is second in career saves with 416.

Katie Hooker

Katie Hooker

Assistant Coach

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Katie Hooker (Antongiovanni) begins her 13th season as an assistant coach in 2016.

The Pioneers third season in the Summit League was a difficult one as the Pioneers finished fifth in the league standings with a 4-4-0 record. The Pioneers were 4-12-1 overall in 2015.
In 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 the Pioneers 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.

2013, the Pioneers first season in The Summit League, the Pioneers swept the regular season and tournament titles, winning all nine matches against conference opposition. 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. 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, 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. 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, The Pioneers earned their third consecutive Sun Belt Tournament title along with claiming the regular season conference crown. 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 helped lead the 2007 Pioneers to a 13-5-4 record. On Sept. 23, 2007, DU shot 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.

The 2006 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. Taryn Hemmings claimed SBC Player of the Year honors.

After a record-setting collegiate career at Denver and Iowa State, Hooker was drafted by the Atlanta Beat of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) before being traded to the San Jose Cyber Rays in 2003.

Hooker brings her skills and experience back to the Pioneers. She received numerous awards and honors during her collegiate career. In 2001, Hooker received SBC Newcomer of the Year, Soccer Buzz All-America Honorable Mention, NSCAA All-Central Second Team,All-SBC First Team and All-SBC Tournament Team.

In 2002, she shined again, receiving the 2002 SBC Most Outstanding Player award, and was named to the All-SBC First Team and Tournament Team, and NSCAA All-Central Region First Team.

At Iowa State she was named Big 12 Rookie of the Year in 1999 along with Second-Team All-Big 12 and allconference tournament team. In 2000,Antongiovanni was named First-Team All-Big 12 and First-Team All-Academic Big 12.