SEATTLE – (GoHuskies.com) Longtime UW head coach Lesle Gallimore and a pair of decorated former Huskies, Hope Solo and Tina Frimpong, were named to the Pac-12 All-Century Team for women’s soccer as announced by the conference on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
In celebration of the Pac-10/12’s 100th year in existence, the conference is naming All-Century teams for each of its sports. Voting was conducted by a panel of 37, comprised of former and current coaches, former players and members of the media. Notable voting participants include Jill Ellis, former UCLA head coach and current United States Women’s National Team Coach; espnW contributor Michelle Smith; former ‘Soccer America’ writer Scott French; and Associated Press sportswriter Janie McCauley.
Gallimore was named to the Pac-12 All-Century teams as a starting defender representing Cal, where she starred as a defender from 1982-1986 and received multiple honors. She led the Bears to a Final Four appearance in 1984. In 1985, she was recognized as one of the top-10 female players in the U.S. At the end of her collegiate playing career, Gallimore was honored as Cal’s Women’s Intercollegiate Athlete of the Decade.
“It is truly difficult to adequately describe my feelings about this honor,” Gallimore said. “I have been blessed by this game to know, coach, compete against and play with so many terrific women, many of whom are amongst this group. Cal and Washington women’s soccer have been so very good to me over the years and today I am as grateful as ever to have been given so many life-altering opportunities by these two extremely special places. Tina Ellertson and Hope Solo both had amazing careers here at UW and beyond, and both have stories that have inspired me as a coach on a daily basis. I couldn’t be more proud to be included with them on the All-Centrury team.
Gallimore transitioned into her coaching career in 1986 and spent four years as an assistant at Cal, helping the Bears to Final Four appearances in 1987 and 1988. She began her head coaching career in 1990 at San Diego State before coming to UW in 1994. She is now in her 22nd season with the Huskies. Gallimore’s influence as a player and coach lingers in Berkeley, as evidenced by her induction into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995 and into the Cal women’s soccer Lair of Legends in 2015.
“My playing and coaching career have been spent in the Pac-12 conference almost exclusively and it’s remarkable to truly know the contribution that each of these women, including everyone that was on the ballot, has made to the sport,” Gallimore said. “My former teammates, current and former players, as well as my family and staff, have had so much to do with my success and I couldn’t be more grateful.
Solo was named the Pac-12 All-Century Team starting goalkeeper, in essence making her the best keeper in the history of the conference. She starred with the Huskies from 1999 to 2002 and still holds many of the top career marks for goalkeepers in UW history. She helped the Huskies to a Pac-12 Championship in 2000 when the Huskies won a program best 18 games, and she was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year in 2001.
“The University of Washington and the Pac-12 have always stood for excellence,” Solo said. “Some of my most memorable life experiences and most fun playing days took place while I was a student athlete at Washington. I’m a Husky for life and a proud member of the Pac-12. There have been many great players over the past several decades, so it’s an an honor to be a part of the All-Century Team for the Conference of Champions!”
Solo has been a key part of the U.S. Women’s National Team, establishing herself as one of the best keepers in the world since she joined the WNT in 2000. She has a total of 181 caps with the U.S., winning gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. She won the 2015 Women’s World Cup with the U.S. and the Golden Glove award as the best goalkeeper in the tournament. Solo also won the Golden Glove award in 2011 when the U.S. finished in second in the World Cup, where she also won the Bronze Ball award for her overall performance.
Frimpong was named to the All-Century team as a reserve forward. She competed with the Huskies from 2001 to 2004, winning the Pac-12 Player of the Year awards in 2003 and 2004. Frimpong is the only repeat winner of the Pac-10/12 Player of the Year award in the history of the conference. She currently holds the top spot in the UW record books for career points (99), goals (43), game-winning goals (18) and shots. She also holds the single season records for points, goals and game-winning goals.
“Looking at all the names on the list and seeing your name amongst all of them is such an incredible feeling, such a humbling feeling,” Frimpong said. “Playing at the U of W was one of the best times in my playing career and to carry this honor for my school is a very special one. And how cool is it to be in the list with Hope and Lesle!? I am all smiles and so thankful.”
Frimpong played with the U.S. WNT from 2005 to 2008, making 33 appearances and scoring one career goal. Her lone goal came in her last appearance with the U.S. against China on Dec. 13, 2008, a 1-0 win. She appeared in the 2007 World Cup when the U.S. finished in third place.