The 35th Annual Buddy LaRosa High School Sports Hall of Fame - Heather Mitts

Arguably the greatest soccer player - female or male - in Cincinnati high school sports' history, Heather Mitts is also only the second athlete in Cincinnati history to win a gold medal in two different Olympiads.* Heather is also believed to be the only Cincinnati athlete to win a state championship in high school (1993), a national championship in college (University of Florida, 1998) and a world championship (2004 and 2008 Olympic gold medal). A center-midfielder while at St. Ursula, Mitts scored 27 goals and had 15 assists in her prep career as the Bulldogs posted a 70-5-10 record during his career. She was named 1st team All-Ohio twice, and three times was selected for the all-city 1st team by both <em>The Cincinnati Enquirer</em> and <em>Cincinnati Post</em> and was named Girls Greater Cincinnati League Player of the Year. Taking her defensive-minded attitude to the collegiate level, Mitts was moved to a defender position for the Gators and went on to become a national star. She was named a collegiate All-American in both her junior and senior seasons. She was runner-up for the Honda Player of the Year award in 1999 and was nominated for the Herman Trophy for National Player of the Year. A two-time Southeastern Conference 1st team pick, Heather still holds three UF school records - most games played (95), most starts (94) and most minutes played (7,547). A member of the U.S. National Women's Soccer Team for five years, she became a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic team. She scored two game-winning goals during the run for the gold medal. While a member of the U.S. World Cup team in 2007, Heather suffered a season-ending ACL tear. She recovered for the 2008 Olympics and started every game during the Beijing Olympics as the U.S. Women's team shut out Brazil to win the gold medal. She has represented the U.S. in more than 100 games. Professionally, Heather played for the Philadelphia Charge of the WUSA, the Boston Breakers of the WPS (Women's Professional Soccer) and recently signed with the Philadelphia Independence of the WPS. Currently, Heather lives in Philadelphia, and is engaged to be married to NFL quarterback A.J. Feeley.

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