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Heather Mitts (in red) was joined by several Gator teammates and UF coaches Becky Burleigh and Vic Campbell Friday.

Friday April 5, 2013Heather Mitts joins Gator Athletic Hall of Fame

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Heather Mitts (in red) was joined by several Gator teammates and UF coaches Becky Burleigh and Vic Campbell Friday.

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Heather Mitts joined the Gator Athletics Hall of Fame tonight at the induction ceremony held in the Holloway Touchdown Terrace at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. 

Each year, the F-Club Committee selects members to the Hall of Fame. Mitts enters the Hall of Fame as a Gator Great. Gator Greats are letterwinners who have brought recognition and prominence to the University and themselves by athletic accomplishments as a student-athlete.

Heather Mitts earned three Olympic gold medals during her U.S. National Team career which spanned from 1999-2012.

Heather Mitts celebrates Florida’s 1998 NCAA Championship. She was named to the 1998 NCAA College Cup All-Tournament team for her stellar play on the Gator backline.

Mitts just announced her retirement from the U.S. Women’s National Team last month. She made her first appearance with the U.S. National Team in 1999 and owns more than 100 international caps. Included in those international appearances is being part of the U.S.’s 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medal teams and the U.S.’s silver medal squad at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Mitts was expected to be a part of the USA’s 2007 World Cup roster, but a left anterior cruciate ligament tear suffered in an international friendly on May 12, 2007 put her out of contention for that World Cup cycle. Mitts also played for professional teams in the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) and the Women’s Professional Soccer. (WPS)

As a Gator, Mitts earned All-America and All-SEC honors in her final two seasons (1998 & ’99). Mitts is third on UF’s career list with 7,547 minutes played and is tied for fourth with 95 matches played. The defender also was a NCAA Championship All-Tournament team selection when the Gators claimed the 1998 national title.

She joins 1998 National Championship teammates Erin Baxter McCorkle, Danielle Fotopoulos and Abby Wambach as the fourth Florida soccer player to be inducted into the UF Athletic Hall of Fame. Athletes become eligible for the Hall of Fame 10 years after they have completed their collegiate career. The Gator soccer team began play in the fall of 1995.

 

 

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