Kristine Lilly Heavey
Served as envoy
- 2020 – Turkey
Kristine Lilly is one of the greatest female soccer players in the history of the game. She retired as a player in 2010, but is still the world’s all-time leader in international appearances, male or female, with 354. She was the first player in U.S. history to hit 100, 200 and 300 caps, the final number being previously unimaginable.
With 130 career goals, she is third all-time in U.S. history and the all-time leader in minutes played, she has worn the U.S. uniform for 28,874 minutes. Remarkably, she appeared for the USA in four different decades and was both the youngest and oldest player ever to score for the U.S. Women’s National Team.
When she retired, she had appeared in 85% of the games the U.S. Women had ever played and only came off the bench 22 times over her legendary 23-year international career. She ended her career with 105 assists.
She played in five World Cups – winning in 1991 and 1999 — and her 30 all-time matches in World Cup play is still a U.S. record. She also played 16 matches over three Olympic Games and won two Olympic gold medals, in 1996 and 2004.
Known as one of the fittest players on the team and a tremendous teammate and leader over her entire career, she played in every World Cup and Olympic match for the USA over eight world championships from 1991-2007.
She was inducted in the United State Olympic Hall of Fame in 2012 and US Soccer Hall of Fame in 2014.
She is an Author of Powerhouse- 13 Teamwork Tactics that build Excellence and unrivaled Success. The book is about the success of the US. Women’s National team and how their tactics can help other organizations be more successful.
She also runs an operates the Kristine Lilly Soccer Academy and is Co-Founder of TeamFirst Soccer Academy. She is a Steward Health and Wellness Ambassador and a partner of Coerver Coaching. Her E-book, Girls soccer: My Story by Kristine Lilly Dream, Believe, Achieve.
She is graduate of the University of North Carolina with a degree in Communications.
She was a 4 time NCAA Champion and 4 time ACC Champion in soccer. She was a 4 time All – American.
She is married to David a Brookline Firefighter and has two daughters and lives outside the Boston area.