- Jeff Hooker
Infobox Football biography
playername= Jeff Hooker
fullname = Jeff Hooker
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1965|3|21
currentclub = Retired
position = Forward
youthyears = 1983, 1986-1987
youthclubs = UCLA
years = 1986
San Diego Nomads Los Angeles Heat Colorado Foxes
nationalyears = 1984-1987
nationalteam = United States
nationalcaps(goals) = 12 (1)
manageryears = 1996-1997
managerclubs = U.D. men’s soccer team
U.D. women’s soccer team
pcupdate = 31 May 2006
ntupdate = 22 June 2006
Jeff Hooker (born March 21, 1965) is a retired U.S.
soccerforward who currently coaches the University of Denverwomen's soccer team. Hooker earned twelve caps, scoring one goal, with the U.S. national team between 1984 and 1987 and was a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic soccer team. He played professionally in the Western Soccer Allianceand American Professional Soccer League.
High school and college
Walnut High Schoolin Walnut, Californiawhere he played on the school’s boys soccer team. He is tied for fifth on the California state high school list for most assists in a season (44 assists in 1982-1983). Hooker attended and played soccer at UCLAfor three season between 1983 and 1987. He played as a freshman, but redshirtedthe 1984 season to play for the U.S. in the 1984 Summer Olympics. He was injured in 1985 while playing with the national team and did not play for UCLA during the school’s run to the NCAA championship. He finally got back on the field for UCLA in 1986. In 1987 he played his last season for UCLA, but did not complete his bachelor’s degree until 1992. Over his three seasons with the Bruins, Hooker played in 51 games, scoring 20 goals and assisting on 11 other.
National and Olympic teams
Hooker's reputation at the high school level led to his selection for the U.S. U-20 national team at the
1983 FIFA World Youth Championshipin Mexico. He scored in his first game in that tournament, a 2-3 loss to Uruguay and earned three junior national team caps.
Hooker earned his first cap with the U.S. national team in an October 9, 1984 victory over El Salvador. That day, both he and fellow rookie
Jacques LaDouceurbecame one of the few first game tandems to score in a game, which the U.S. won 3-1. Hooker also played thirteen games for the U.S. B-Team which at the time formed the core of the U.S. Olympic Team, World University Team and Pan American Team.
In 1986, Hooker played a single season as a forward with the
San Diego Nomadsof the Western Soccer Alliance(WSA) during the collegiate off-season. After leaving UCLA, he went on to play for the Los Angeles Heatof the WSA in 1988 and 1989. His second season with the team saw him rise to sixth on the alliance’s points list with 19 on 7 goals and 5 assists. He was also named to the WSA First Team All Starteam.
In 1991, he joined the
Colorado Foxesof the American Professional Soccer League, which was formed by the merger of the Western Soccer Alliance and the American Soccer Leaguein 1990. Hooker remained with the Foxes during its glory years of 1991 to 1995. The team consistently finished towards the top of the league’s rankings and took the championship in 1992 and 1993. In 1991, Hooker played 19 games (starting 17) and scored 3 goals. In 1992, he played only 7 games, scoring 2 goals in the regular season. However, in the Professional Cup, he scored two goals with one coming in the Foxes 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rowdies. In 1995, he scored 7 goals. There are no records for his other seasons with the Foxes.
In 1992, besides playing professionally with the Colorado Foxes, Hooker became head coach of the
University of Denverwomen’s soccer team, guiding them to a Colorado Athletic Conference championship. In 2002 and 2003, Hooker was named the Sun Belt Conference coach of the year. In 1996 and 1997, he also served as the school’s men’s soccer coach. During those two seasons, he compiled a 20-12-4 record.
* [http://www.fifa.com/en/comp/report/0,3360,U20M-1983-4-30718-URU-USA,00.html 1983 U-20 Roster]
* [http://denverpioneers.cstv.com/sports/w-soccer/spec-rel/hooker.html University of Denver Bio on Hooker]
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