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Tracy Hamm, the head coach of the San Francisco State women's soccer program for the last four seasons, has been named UC Davis' new head coach, as announced by Director of Athletics Kevin Blue on May 6, 2019.
"Coach Hamm is a rising star in women's soccer with a strong foundation of experience as a successful head coach," Blue said. "She will lead our program with extraordinary energy and passion and is a dynamic role model for our women's soccer student-athletes."
Named head coach of San Francisco State's program in January of 2015, Hamm arrived on campus and immediately set out to turn around a program that had posted a winning overall record only twice in the previous 11 years, guiding the Golden Gators to four consecutive winning campaigns, including back-to-back 10-win seasons in 2017 (10-5-3) and 2018 (10-6-3).
"I am excited and humbled for the opportunity to coach at this amazing university," Hamm said. "As a Bay Area native, I have always respected and admired the high standard for academics within the athletic department. I know what the women's soccer program is capable of achieving and it is such an honor to be part of its journey and success."
Sporting an overall record of 36-25-12 in her four years at the helm, including winning records in the always difficult California Collegiate Athletic Association in each of the last two seasons, Hamm led San Francisco State to a berth in last season's CCAA tournament for the first time since 2010, advancing on penalty kicks over Cal State San Marcos in the first round before facing No. 10 UC San Diego in the semifinals.
Her first two seasons saw the Golden Gators post back-to-back winning records for the first time since 2002 with identical 8-7-3 marks in 2015 and 2016. She improved on those finishes with her first 10-win season in 2017 — the most since the 2010 squad finished 11-5-5 overall and advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Impacting the program on the field and in the classroom, she helped student-athletes earn 48 CCAA All-Academic Team awards, 14 All-CCAA women's soccer honors — including a trio of first-team selections, two United Soccer Coaches all-region selections, and the first-ever CCAA Goalkeeper of the Year.
In addition to her duties at San Francisco State, Hamm also served as the head varsity girls coach at St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco last season, leading the Wildcats to the 2019 West Catholic Athletic League title, a berth in the CIF Central Coast Section championship game, and a spot in the CIF Northern California Regionals.
Prior to her arrival in San Francisco, the Moraga, Calif., native served as head coach at Santa Rosa Junior College from 2012-14, leading the Bear Cubs to an impressive 42-15-7 overall record, a 2012 Big 8 Conference title, and consecutive berths in the second round of the California Community College Athletic Association playoffs.
Hamm was named Big 8 Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Bear Cubs to a 15-3-3 overall record and a league title, and followed that campaign with a 14-win season in 2013. That year, 11 of her student-athletes earned scholarships to four-year universities.
She also served as an assistant coach at her alma mater, California, for the 2009 season, and possesses extensive club experience as the National Premier League Director and coach for the Livermore Fusion Soccer Club since 2015, and as the Technical Director for the Heritage Soccer Club in Pleasant Hill, Calif., from 2003-10.
A four-year letter winner for the Golden Bears from 2002-06, Hamm was a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic Team selection (2003-05) and two-year team captain (2004-05), starting every match on the backline for California throughout her final two seasons. Throughout her career with the Golden Bears, she played a key role in their to three NCAA Tournament berths (2002, 2004-05).
Hamm led the team with nine goals and was named Cal's Freshman of the Year before earning United Soccer Coaches All-West Region honors two years later as part of a record-setting defense in 2005. That year, she helped the Golden Bears set the school mark for team goals-against average (ranking seventh in the NCAA at 0.48), while tying the record for fewest goals allowed (11) and shutouts (14) in a season.
Following her collegiate career, she played professionally in the Women's Professional Soccer for FC Gold Pride after being selected in the fourth round of the 2008 WPS General Draft. She also represented the Atlanta Beat in 2009.