Aug. 5, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. - There’s a name seen very frequently at the top of the women’s soccer record book at NC State: Charmaine Hooper.
There is a reason for that. Rather, there are many reasons for that. One of the most successful student athletes in the history of the program, Hooper was a catalyst for the golden age of Wolfpack women’s soccer. During her career (1987-90), Hooper helped lead the program to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, a spot in the NCAA Championship (1988), and an Atlantic Coast Conference title (1988). She also claimed NSCAA All-American honors in back-to-back years following the 1989 and 1990 campaigns.
Hooper’s beginnings were humble. A native of Georgetown, Guyana, she moved with her family to Zambia at a young age where her father worked as a diplomat. Later in her childhood, she settled in Nepean, Ontario, quickly putting her sharp soccer skills to good use by playing in leagues among children sometimes more than five years her senior.
Playing with a high level of competitors on a regular basis yielded massive dividends for the forward, who scored 58 goals and recorded 145 points during her Wolfpack career, both of which are program career highs. Hooper also holds single-season records in goals scored (26 in 1989) and points scored (57 in 1989), while also occupying a tie for the most goals scored in a single match in program history: a jaw-dropping mark of four (vs. Maryland in 1989).
“Going to NC State was perfect for me,” Hooper said in a spring interview with the Wolfpacker. I really loved Raleigh and my time there.”
Following her time at NC State, Hooper would go on to do great things both with professional club teams and with the Canadian National Team. The prolific striker excelled playing in professional leagues in Norway, Italy, Japan, and the United States.
Her success with the Canadian National Team is nearly unmatched. Hooper scored 71 goals in 129 career appearances, ranking second and fourth, respectively, all-time. She played for Canada in three FIFA World Cups (1995, 99, and 2003) and scored the match-winning goal during the quarterfinal round against China in 2003, helping Canada earn its best-ever finish (4th) at a World Cup.
For her tremendous contributions to Canadian soccer, Hooper was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame during the summer of 2012. This came ten years after she was inducted into the United Soccer Leagues’ Women’s Hall of Fame.
Often humble about her accomplishments, Hooper was surprised to be included in NC State’s third Hall of Fame class.
“It’s really, really cool,” she told the Wolfpacker. “I’ve been nominated for other honors like this before and each time it has been very exciting.
“This one caught me a little off guard.”
Hooper and nine other members of the 2014 Hall of Fame class will be inducted in a spectacular ceremony on Friday, Oct. 10. Tickets went on sale July 15 for the black-tie-optional gala, which for the first time will be held in the newly renovated Talley Student Union on the evening before the Wolfpack football team takes on Boston College.
The NC State Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 2012 and will now boast 30 total members. The 2012 and 2013 galas received rave reviews for both the program and the receptions that precede and follow the introductions.