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Profile: April Heinrichs, one of the pioneers of the U.S. Women's National Team program, was named Head Coach of the U.S. Women's National Team on January 18, 2000. She became a full-time assistant coach for the U.S. Women's National Team in January 1995, serving on the coaching staff for the 1995 Women's World Cup and was a member of the coaching staff that led the USA to the first-ever gold medal for women's soccer at the 1996 Olympics.
She resigned her position as assistant coach for the national team following the Olympics, and in 1996, took over as the head coach of the U.S. U-16 National Team. She coached the U-16s for four years prior to taking the job as Head Coach and Technical Director for the U.S. Women's National Team programs.
Heinrichs was the captain of the 1991 U.S. team which won the first-ever Women's World Cup, and along with Michelle Akers and Carin Gabarra, was part of the U.S. trio of strikers dubbed "the triple-edged sword" during the world championship run in China.
Heinrichs, one of the most tenacious and competitive players in Women's National Team history, is credited for setting the current winning mentality and tradition of the U.S. team. She finished her international career at the 1991 Women's World Cup with the 2-1 win over Norway in the final as her last game. She finished her career with 38 goals in 47 games.
Heinrichs' goals-scored to games-played ratio is second in U.S. history only to Michelle Akers.
She won the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year award twice, in 1986 and in 1989, and she was voted female player of the 1980s by Soccer America magazine. In 1998, she became the first female player inducted into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y.
She played four years of collegiate soccer at the University of North Carolina and was named First-Team All-American three times. UNC captured three NCAA championships during that time and finished as runner-up once. Heinrichs completed her career at UNC as the all-time NCAA leader in points scored with 225 (87 goals, 51 assists), a record later eclipsed by Mia Hamm and Tiffeny Milbrett, and then in 1998 by Danielle Fotopoulos. North Carolina registered an 85-3-2 record during Heinrichs' playing career. Heinrichs became the first women's soccer player in school history to have her jersey retired when UNC took her #2 off the roster.
Following her graduation from North Carolina with a bachelor's degree in radio, television and motion pictures, Heinrichs played professionally in Europe with the Italian Club team Prato.
Heinrichs was named the women's head coach at the University of Virginia before the 1996 season and led the Cavaliers to four NCAA playoff berths while compiling a record of 52-27-7 with the Cavaliers. Prior to becoming head coach at UVA, Heinrichs served as head women's soccer coach at the University of Maryland, coaching her first season with the Terrapins in 1991 and earning ACC Coach of the Year honors in 1995. Prior to that she was the head coach at Princeton for one season. Heinrichs also served one season as an assistant coach at William & Mary. She has a 116-73-15 overall college record and holds a U.S. Soccer Federation "A" coaching license.
This year, she was named as the inaugural recipient of the NSCAA Women's Committee Award of Excellence for her outstanding long-term service and contribution toward improvement and advancement of women's soccer in the United States.