|Celebrating 20 seasons of women’s soccer history|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Each Tuesday through the women’s soccer season, Charlotte49ers.com will feature alumnae of the program in celebration of the program’s 20th campaign in 2013. Former players were selected at random for the Q&A and the plan was to include all eras of the program, dating back to its inception in 1994.
This week’s edition features Stacy (Weaver) Hummer (1995-98). Hummer, a Greensboro, N.C., native, played all four seasons for Robbie Church and was a member of the program’s first NCAA Tournament squad in 1998. She started 70 of the 87 games in which she played throughout her tenure with the Niners, scoring 11 goals and adding 13 assists for 35 points. Four of her goals were game winners. She also added 55 shots during her career.
She was selected to the Soccer America National Team of the Week Oct. 6, 1997, and earned a pair of All-Conference USA honors, including a first-team selection in 1997. The same week she was picked to the Soccer America squad, she also added Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week plaudits.
1. What factors led to your decision to attend Charlotte?
My decision to come to Charlotte was a little different than most. I had previously committed to Appalachian State to play soccer and basketball. Then I received a call from coach Robbie Church in May of my senior year. He had not heard I had already committed elsewhere. Even though I didn’t know much about Charlotte I had three former club teammates on the team already in Blair Angell, Jennifer Rogers and Melissa Mullinix and was intrigued by the opportunity to play alongside them and I had heard nothing but good stuff about Robbie and decided to visit. By the end of my visit I made the tough decision to change my plans and attend Charlotte, and anyone that knows Robbie Church you know why -- there isn’t a better coach I could have played for.
2. How did you see yourself grow as a soccer player and as a person during your collegiate career?
I was unaware someone could go through so much growth as a player as well as a person in such a short span of years. When I came in as a freshman I was nowhere prepared for what I was about to face. I was just coming off reconstructive knee surgery and had lacked time to prepare for what was ahead. Physically, I was overmatched in every sense, and that turned to not only a physical but a mental challenge for me. I also was always a shy person growing up, uncertain of myself, but sports was my outlet and it allowed me to be something I couldn’t be outside of sports. It was my platform so to speak. By nature, I also have always been extremely competitive, but to those who know me well, might even say to a fault. This competitiveness quickly allowed me to challenge myself and find ways to succeed and push myself to new limits; I gained strength, confidence and knowledge that I continue to carry with me today.
3. What are some of your fondest memories of playing soccer with the 49ers?
My memories are a handful, so many I can’t list. The opportunity to play at Charlotte has been one of the best life decisions I have ever made. Long term it has provided me a career opportunity I wouldn’t trade for anything, lifelong friendships I will always cherish, and some sports memories that I am proud to be a part of. I feel proud that teams I was a part of hung three banners down at the soccer stadium. I feel proud of being the first team to make the NCAA Tournament for women’s soccer and advancing to the second round where we played powerhouse North Carolina. I am extremely proud of being a two-time captain and I am extremely proud and honored to still be close to the record for most games played by a women’s soccer player, twenty years later.
4. How often do you play soccer these days?
I don’t play much soccer these days; I am just coaching my son. After four knee surgeries I’ve learned maybe long-term health may be more important; “older wiser maybe”, probably not. I miss the game greatly, every time I step on the field at work I get an itch to play. May sometime soon I will once again frequent the pitch, but for now, I am enjoying watching my son develop what has become his best love.
5. Where are you currently living (city, state)?
6. What is your current occupation?
Associate Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Charlotte 49ers
7. Do you have any family (husband/kids/pets)?
Husband Mike and Brayden 6, Brylie 2
8. What advice would you offer to a current 49ers women’s soccer player?
There is always someone working harder than you, use your time to chase your dreams, the time flies by, you aren’t promised tomorrow. I wish I could have the years back; they were some of the best of my life. I have no regrets about my decision and am thankful for that phone call I received from coach Church to recruit me. To this day he remains one of my good friends and it was an honor to play for him.