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Dr. Colleen M. Hacker Ph.D.

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Professor, Sport and Exercise Psy...

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Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Ave S
Tacoma , Washington 98447
United States

Company Description: Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., offers more than 3,500 students a unique blend of academically rigorous liberal arts and professional programs that...   more

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  • Bachelor of Science degree , Health and Physical Education
    Lock Haven University
  • master's degree , Exercise and Sports Science
    University of Arizona
  • Ph.D. , Exercise and Movement Science
    University of Oregon
  • master's degree , Exercise and Sport Science
    University of Arizona
  • Ph.D. , Exercise and Movement Studies
    University of Oregon
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PHoto of Colleen Hacker Pacific Lutheran University Kinesiology Professor Colleen Hacker knows all the Olympics predictions, all the stats for the U.S. Women's Hockey Team. World champs.
Amplify Speakers Bureau Seattle--Motivational & Comedic Speakers, 18 Feb 2006 [cached]
Dr. Colleen Hacker
Peak Performance Coach for 4 Olympics, Coach of US Women's Nat'l Soccer Team & Speaker to Corporate Athletes
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Dr. Hacker's insights into topics such as the psychology of peak performance, team building, leadership, as well as men and women working effectively in the workplace strike a chord around the world. he results-driven principles and perspectives that Dr. Hacker shares are grounded in the latest research, delivered in a user-friendly way, and beneficial to people in the REAL world...whether professional athletes, corporate athletes or Olympians.
An Assistant Dean and Professor of Physical Education at Pacific Lutheran University, Dr. Colleen Hacker is currently the Sport Psychology Consultant for the United States Women's National Soccer Team, a member of the NSCAA National Soccer Coaching Staff, and a member of the USOC Performance Enhancement Team.
Her insights into the psychology of peak performance and performance enhancement techniques (in sport, business and life) make her a much in-demand speaker to corporations, business groups and civic organizations both nationally and internationally.
During Dr. Hacker's tenure with the US Women's National Soccer Team, they won a Gold Medal at the 1996 Olympic Games, the 1998 Goodwill Games and the 1999 World Cup. Recently named Assistant Coach of the team, Dr. Hacker helped lead the National Team to a Silver Medal at the 2000 Olympic Games. She has also served as the Sport Psychology Consultant for the Under 16, Under 19 and the Under 21 United States Youth National Soccer Teams.
She has served as coach for four Olympics, and will also coach Olympic staff for 2014 games in Sochi, Russia. In addition to her work with U.S. Soccer, Dr. Hacker works with professional, international and Olympic athletes in a variety of sports.
Dr. Hacker received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from Lock Haven University (PA) in 1978, earned her master's degree in Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Arizona in 1979 and received her Ph.D. in Exercise and Movement Science from the University of Oregon in 1992. Dr. Hacker has conducted extensive, applied research in the field of sport psychology with particular emphasis on peak performance, cohesion and performance success and moral development in sport.
Articles about Dr. Hacker's work have appeared in Newsweek, USA Today, Sports Illustrated for Women, The APA Monitor, The New York Times and The Washington Post, among others. Dr. Hacker has been featured on national television outlets including CNN, FOX, Discovery Channel and Extra.
Under Coach Hacker, PLU's women's soccer team played for the NAIA national championship five consecutive years. Her club won NAIA titles in 1988, 1989 and 1991, and was runner-up in 1990 and 1992. In her 15 seasons (1981-95), Hacker guided PLU to an enviable 232-59-18 (.780 percentage) record.
The win total ranks her first among all coaches in NAIA women's soccer history. The Lutes' championship record under Hacker is impressive: 10 Northwest Conference titles and five straight NAIA District 1 and NAIA West Regional crowns (1988-92).
Dr. Hacker served as the president of the NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches Association from 1989-1991, the first woman to hold that position, and was a member of the NAIA Women's Sport Development Committee. She also served as Northwest Conference Women's Soccer Chair, ISAA Scholar-Athlete West Region Coordinator, advisor to the NSCAA Women's Soccer Sub-Committee and as a member of the NSCAA All-America Committee. In 1994, she coached the West All-Stars in the first-ever NAIA Women's Senior Bowl soccer game. Coach Hacker is a seven-time NAIA District 1 Soccer Coach of the Year, a five-time Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges Coach of the Year, a four-time NAIA/NSCAA West Regional Coach of the Year and three-time NAIA/NSCAA National Coach of the Year.
Dr. Hacker earned special honor in January of 1994 as the first woman recipient of the NSCAA/NISOA Merit Award. The award recognizes coaches whose relationships with fellow coaches, soccer officials and players is reflective of the highest ethical ideals as set forth in the NSCAA/ISAA Code of Ethics. In 1995, she was the recipient of a special commendation from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for "a career of exceptional service to the sport of soccer. She is a member of the NSCAA Women's Soccer Development committee and a member of the Soccer Ethics committee. Dr. Hacker also serves as an expert panel member of the Center for Sport Parenting an educational component of the Institute for International Sport.
She has been the recipient of numerous professional and civic awards during her career. She was named Washington's Outstanding Young Woman in 1986, received a Lutheran Brotherhood Faculty Growth Award, numerous Regency Advancement Awards, and was named CASE Professor of the Year in the School of Physical Education.
Dr. Hacker has also been awarded the highest teaching honor presented at Pacific Lutheran University when named the recipient of the Faculty Achievement Award, given to the outstanding faculty member at the University. She received the Lock Haven Alumni Achievement Award and was the ELCA Higher Education Grant recipient.
Dr. Hacker was presented with the Pathfinder Award for Washington State, given by the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport, recognizing each state's leader in women's athletics. As part of a DOE Grant, she traveled to the famed Tahuichi Academy in Santa Cruz, Bolivia to study this organizations' soccer and humanitarian contributions. She was awarded the Presidential Medal from Pacific Lutheran University for her contributions to women's sports not only at the university but also to international sport. Most recently she has been awarded a Presidents' Citation from the American Psychological Association for her contributions to the Psychological Skills Training Program for the United States Olympic and World Cup Soccer Teams.
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Brandi's World - Blog, 4 Dec 2011 [cached]
                  Hi Friends, We are pleased to announce that Dr. Colleen Hacker has agreed to join our medical advisory board on Brandisworld! Brandi and Dr. Hacker first met when she worked with the U.S. Women's National Team as a Mental Skill Coach. Brandi credits Dr. Hacker with much of her own mental strength on the field and in life. Dr. Colleen Hacker has served as a member of the United States coaching staff for four Olympic Games as a Mental Skill Coach and Performance Enhancement Specialist. Dr....
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Photo of Colleen Hacker For Colleen Hacker, being on the coaching staff of the U.S. Olympic Women's Field Hockey Team brings her professional and athletic careers full circle.
It also marks the fourth time the Pacific Lutheran University professor of movement studies and wellness has been on the coaching staff of a U.S. Olympic Team.
Field hockey is where her athletic and coaching careers began, Hacker explained. Previously she's served as the sport psychology consultant for the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team since 1995. But it was in field hockey that Hacker competed at the national level 10 times. It was where her PLU coaching career began, and where during her second year as head coach, the women's team qualified for the national tournament for the first time ever. This August in Beijing, she'll serve the field hockey team as a sport psychology consultant and mental skills coach.
Hacker is an internationally recognized authority on the psychology of peak performance. At the Olympic level, there aren't significant differences in the physical abilities of the athletes, she said.
TAC - Tacoma Athletic Commission, 18 May 2013 [cached]
Colleen Hacker TAC - Tacoma Athletic Commission
Colleen M. Hacker, Ph.D
Colleen Hacker originally coached field hockey at PLU, but in 1981, even though she had not played or coached soccer, Dr. Hacker became the head coach of the new team. The rest is history. In a 15-year span that ended with the 1995 season, Hacker's teams compiled a 233-59-18 record, won the Northwest Conference title 10 times, won five straight NAIA District 1 and NAIA West Region crowns, and played for the NAIA national championship five consecutive years. The Lutes won the national title in 1988, 1989 and 1991, and finished as the runner-up in 1990 and 1992. She was named the conference Coach of the Year five times, the NAIA District 1 Coach of the Year seven times, NAIA/NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year four times and NAIA/NSCAA National Coach of the Year three times. Dr. Hacker joined the coaching staff of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team in 1996 and serves as the team's sport psychology consultant. She served on the national soccer team staff during the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, the 1998 Goodwill Games, and the 1999 and 2003 World Cup. She will serve in that same role with the 2007 World Cup squad in China. Dr. Hacker works with professional, international and Olympic athletes in a variety of sports including swimming, crew, speed skating, track and field, tennis, Major League baseball, the WNBA and the NFL.
Born in Lancaster, Penn., on Nov. 24, 1956, Hacker is herself an accomplished athlete. In badminton, she has been ranked in the top 10 nationally in mixed doubles and women's doubles, and she has qualified for nationals in in-line skating. While at Lock Haven University she participated in the 1976 Olympic Trials in both team handball and field hockey. She also played in eight field hockey national tournaments and in three regional basketball championships.
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