CATE_WHITEHILLCATHERINE “CAT” WHITEHILL
Boston 2014 Keynote Speaker & Panelist

Current member of the NWSL’s Boston Breakers, Cat served as player/coach of the Breakers from Aug. 2, 2013, through the end of the National Women’s Soccer League season. Whitehill succeeded former head coach Lisa Cole.As a former member of the US Women’s Soccer Team, Cat scored 11 goals in 134 games for the USWNT, and was a member of 2004 gold medal winning U.S. squad at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece and a member of third place U.S. squads at the 2003 and 2007 Women’s World Cup.  In 2007,  Cat led the U.S. in minutes played (2,116) and played every minute of all six Women’s World Cup matches, one of only two players to accomplish that feat .  She played in five games at the 2004 Olympics, starting three and was the only defender to score two goals in a World Cup game (2003 vs. North Korea).  She had the most assists in a year by a defender (2007).  Whitehill made her first appearance with the U.S. on July 6, 2000, vs. Italy

Cat is an advocate for the rights of women to participate in sports. On February 1, 2006, she testified at a committee hearing of the United States Senate in support of Title IX, the civil rights law that, among other things, provides women and girls the same opportunities to participate in school sports that boys and men are offered. In her testimony, she described having to play on boys’ soccer teams as a young girl in Alabama because there were no opportunities for girls to play organized soccer there at the time.

Whitehill was paired with Beth Mowins as a color commentator on one of ESPN’s broadcast teams for the telecasts of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She has also worked the sidelines for Fox Soccer Channel and for 2012 men’s and women’s NCAA College Cup matches on ESPNU

Whitehill attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2000-2003. During her freshman season, she scored four goals and had five assists tallying 13 points after playing in all 24 matches of the season. She received North Carolina’s Rookie Player of the Year honors in 2000 and was named an NSCAA Second-Team All-American. She was also named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2000 NCAA Final Four, starting her first game of the season in the NCAA championship game against UCLA helping the Tar Heels win the national title. Her contributions resulted in her being honored as the Most Valuable Defensive Player of the NCAA Final Four.

Cat currently resides with her husband, Dr. Robert Whitehill, in Boston Massachusetts.