Cat Whitehill

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Cat Whitehill
Cat Whitehill 2013 (cropped).jpg
Whitehill before a match in 2013.
Personal information
Full name Catherine Reddick Whitehill
Date of birth (1982-02-10) February 10, 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Richmond, Virginia, United States
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1996–2000 Briarwood Christian School
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 University of North Carolina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 New Jersey Wildcats 9 (3)
2009–2010 Washington Freedom 42 (4)
2011 Atlanta Beat 17 (0)
2012 Boston Breakers (WPSL) 14 (0)
2013–2015 Boston Breakers (NWSL) 46 (1)
National team
2000–2010 United States 134 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of May 22, 2010

Catherine Reddick Whitehill (born February 10, 1982), née Catherine Anne Reddick, is a retired American professional soccer defender, now assistant coach of the Boston Breakers in the NWSL. Whitehill last played for the Boston Breakers in 2015 and previously played for the Washington Freedom and the Atlanta Beat in the WPS as well as the United States women's national soccer team from 2000 to 2010.[1] On November 28, 2012, while serving as a television commentator for a match between USA and Republic of Ireland, Whitehill expressed an interest in working her way back into the national team.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Whitehill was born in Richmond, Virginia, and grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, attending Briarwood Christian School. While there, she scored 211 goals during her high school career and was the only player to make the top 10 in the single-season category twice (78 in 1999 and 72 in 1999).[citation needed] Whitehill played four years of soccer and three years of basketball at Briarwood. She was named a Parade All-America selection in 1999 and 2000. She was also a four-time All-State selection, the Birmingham News State and Metro Player of the Year in soccer and a two-time Gatorade Soccer Player of the Year for the State of Alabama. Whitehill led the school's basketball team to the state Final Four twice and the soccer team to four high school state titles. In 1999, she was named one of Birmingham Magazine's Top Six People of 1999.[1]

University of North Carolina[edit]

Whitehill played for the University of North Carolina from 2000 to 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. Whitehill was a member of the NSCAA Freshman All-America Team and was named to the Southeast Region All-Freshman Team. As a sophomore, she played in 23 matches, scored three goals and served 10 assists helping the Tar Heels secure an undefeated regular season as well as to the NCAA championship game. During her junior season, she played in just 17 of North Carolina’s 27 games due to national team commitments, yet still scored six goals and had five assists. After arriving after a red-eye flight from the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup Final in Los Angeles to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship game in Florida, Whitehill scored 20 seconds after entering the game as a substitute. She added another goal from 40 yards out helping North Carolina clinch the ACC title. She led the Tar Heels to the NCAA Final Four, scoring five goals in the five games leading up to the semifinals, and was named First-Team All-ACC and an NSCAA First-Team All American the same year.[1]

As a senior, Whitehill played in 13 of North Carolina's 27 matches due to playing in the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, but started the last 12 games, scoring six goals with five assists. She was awarded the 2003 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, collegiate soccer's top honor. Her leadership was a key to North Carolina finishing off its regulars season with a 27–0–0 record and the NCAA Championship. She was named Defensive MVP of the Final Four after leading a defense that shut out all six of its opponents in the NCAA Tournament. Whitehill was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team and received her third NSCAA All-American selection and First-Team All-ACC honors. She was also the Honda Award winner for soccer the same year.[1][2]

Playing career[edit]


The WPS Years: 2009–2011[edit]

Inka Grings (left) and Whitehill (right) during a match between the Chicago Red Stars and Boston Breakers on June 9, 2013

In 2009, Whitehill signed with the Washington Freedom for the 2009 WPS season. She started in 19 games, scored three goals and added two assists. The following season, she started 23 matches for the Freedom. She scored one goal and tallied two assists and played all 120 minutes of the playoff match against the Philadelphia Independence.[3]

Whitehill signed with the Atlanta Beat for the 2011 WPS season. She made seventeen starts for the club, tallying 1,530 minutes.[4]

WPSL Elite: 2012[edit]

After the folding of the WPS in early 2012, Whitehill signed with the Boston Breakers in the WPSL, the top division of women's soccer in the United States at the time.[5]

NWSL: 2013–2015[edit]

Whitehill defending against Abby Wambach of the Western New York Flash on June 5, 2013.

Whitehill signed with the Boston Breakers for the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League.[6] Towards the end of the regular season, Breakers head coach, Lisa Cole, resigned from the team and Whitehill was named player-coach for the remainder of the season.[7] In May 28, 2015 Whitehill announced her retirement from professional soccer citing her "recent injury, and the fact that I will be missing games while commentating this summer during the World Cup" as the main factors to retirement.[8]


Whitehill debuted for the United States women's national soccer team on July 6, 2000, against Italy, and played for the senior team from 2000 to 2010.

On June 10, 2008, Whitehill injured her knee during training for the Peace Queen Cup, and consequently missing the Beijing 2008 Olympics,[9] along with Abby Wambach and Leslie Osborne who had the same injury in 2008. Whitehill played her first match for the national team after recovery, on July 19, 2009, in a friendly against Canada; a match in which Abby Wambach scored her one hundredth career international goal.[10] She last played for the national team on March 31, 2010, at Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah, against Mexico in first ever snow game for USWNT.[11]

International goals[edit]

Whitehill scored 11 goals in 134 matches for the United States women's national soccer team. Whitehill is unusual in having scored more than a few goals while playing in a defender position. On July 15, 2006, at Blaine, Minnesota, she scored a goal from a 70-yard free kick against Sweden, which is the longest shot to have scored a goal for the USWNT.[m 1]

Date Location Opponent Lineup # Min Assist/pass Score Result Competition
1 2001-03-17[m 2] PortugalQuarteira  Norway 90.Start 1.1 56 unassisted

5250.03005 3–1

4950.03005 3–4

Algarve Cup: fifth place match
2 2003-09-28[m 3] United StatesColumbus  Korea DPR 90.Start 2.1 48 Foudy, JulieJulie Foudy

5250.02005 2–0

5350.03005 3–0

World Cup: Group A
3 2.2 66 MacMillan, ShannonShannon MacMillan

5350.03005 3–0

4 2004-03-18[m 4] PortugalLagos  Sweden 90.Start 1.1 85 Chastain, BrandiBrandi Chastain

4850.01005 1–3

4850.01005 1–3

Algarve Cup: Group A
5 2004-10-03[m 5] United StatesPortland  New Zealand 90.Start 1.1 81 Chastain, BrandiBrandi Chastain

5550.05005 5–0

5550.05005 5–0

6 2004-10-20[m 6] United StatesChicago  Republic of Ireland 90.Start 1.1 56 Hamm, MiaMia Hamm

5450.04005 4–0

5450.05005 5–1

7 2006-07-15[m 1] United StatesBlaine  Sweden 90.Start 1.1 89 unassisted

5150.02005 2–1

5150.03005 3–2

8 2006-07-23[m 7] United StatesSan Diego  Republic of Ireland 90.Start 2.1 39 Frimpong, TinaTina Frimpong

5250.02005 2–0

5550.05005 5–0

9 2.2 89 unassisted

5450.04005 4–0

10 2006-08-27[m 8] United StatesChicago  China PR 90.Start 1.1 30 unassisted

5050.01005 1–1

5350.04005 4–1

11 2006-11-02[m 9] South KoreaSuwon  Netherlands 90.Start 1.1 47+ unassisted

5250.02005 2–0

5250.02005 2–0

Peace Queen Cup: Group B

Broadcasting career[edit]

Whitehill was paired with Beth Mowins as a color commentator on ESPN's tertiary broadcast team 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.[12]

Coaching career[edit]

In March 2016, Whitehill was names Assistant Coach and Club Ambassador of the Boston Breakers.[13]


Whitehill 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.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Whitehill married Dr. Robert Whitehill, M.D., a pediatric Cardiology Fellow at Children's Hospital Boston and Boston Medical Center on New Year's Eve 2005.[15] They live in Back Bay, Massachusetts.


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