Mia Hamm became a soccer icon at North Carolina. A four-time champion, record-shattering icon that helped the Tar Heels cement their status as a college soccer dynasty. But before she stepped on a field at UNC, she was already changing the game.

In 1987, Hamm was not like most 15-year-olds.

Most teens spend their afternoons consumed by homework or an extra curricular activity. Hamm fulfilled her duties in the classroom, but never before had a 15-year-old debuted for the United States Women’s National Team.

Hamm was a trailblazer, the youngest to ever play for her country. Appearing on the national stage was like a tremor, a precursor to something more groundbreaking. When Hamm arrived at North Carolina, her time in Chapel Hill seemed like one shockwave after another.

Here’s everything you need to know about Mia Hamm’s playing career at North Carolina.

First, the TL/DR version:

  • Hamm is a 4-time NCAA national champion.
  • North Carolina won 92 games, lost once and tied twice during Hamm’s career.
  • Hamm led college soccer in scoring during the 1990, 1992 and 1993 seasons.
  • Hamm was a three-time First Team All-America selection.
  • She won the MAC Hermann Trophy in 1992 and 1993, becoming the first two-time winner in the award’s history.
  • Hamm owns the single-season record for points with 97 in 1992. She had 32 goals and 33 assists in 25 games.
  • Until 2019, Hamm held the NCAA tournament career points title with 41. She is still the tournament’s all-time leading goal scorer with 16. 
  • Hamm ranks top 5 all-time in career points (278), career goals (103) and career assists (72)
  • Hamm redshirted the 1991 season in preparation of the 1991 Women’s World Cup.
    • Teammate Kristine Lilly and coach Anson Dorrance also missed time due to the World Cup.
      • UNC went 24-0 and won the championship in 1991.

Mia Hamm’s college stats and vitals

School: North Carolina 
Position: Forward
Height: 5-5
Years active: 1989-93
NCAA tournament record: 13-0

1989 23/18 113 21 4 46
1990 22/22 108 24 19 67
1992 25/21 117 32 33^ 97*
1993 22/22 97 26 16 68
Career 92/83 435 103 72 278

* – NCAA single-season record
^ – North Carolina single-season record


Hamm averaged 3.02 points per game in college, equating to a goal and an assist every time she stepped on the field. She never finished lower than second on North Carolina in scoring. During her final three seasons, Hamm led both the Tar Heels and the NCAA in points each time. Her highest scoring output came in 1992, when she registered 97 points in 25 games, an NCAA record. 

Losses were a premium at North Carolina between 1989 and 1993. UNC compiled a 92-1-2 record with Hamm on the pitch, winning four national championships as the Tar Heels posted two perfect seasons (1992, 1993) and another without a loss (1989). Following a single loss and the second of two draws, North Carolina and Hamm would win 56 consecutive games to conclude her career.