Sports Envoy
Sports Envoy Program

Tisha Hoch


Served as envoy

  • 2020  –  Turkey

-4 time National Champion at The University of North Carolina
-4 time All American
– Herman Trophy winner in 1994
– 1995 World Cup 3rd place
-1996 Olympic Gold Medalist
-1999 World Cup Champion
-2001 WUSA Champion with San Jose CyberRays
-2010 Founder of TeamFirst Soccer Academy
-2020 Investor of NWSL team
“Angel City Football Club”in Los Angeles
-Mother of Cooper (16) and Sadie (13)
Tisha Venturini-Hoch is a former American soccer player. She won gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and won the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Before beginning her professional career, Hoch attended the University of North Carolina and played for the women’s soccer team. As a member of the soccer team, she was NCAA Champion in ’91, ’92, ’93, and ’94. In 1995, she won the Honda Sports Award as the nation’s top soccer player. She played professionally in the W-League for San Jose CyberRays, Delaware Genies, and Bay Area CyberRays.

She is the only athlete in any sport to ever hold five titles as: Collegiate Champion at UNC, four-time NCAA National Champion at UNC, World Cup Champion in 1999, Olympic Gold Medalist in 1996, and Professional Champion at Bay Area CyberRays in 2001.

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.