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Beat Signs Tracy Hamm

December 22, 2009 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Atlanta Beat News Release

Kennesaw, GA (Dec. 22, 2009) - Atlanta Beat General Manager Shawn McGee announced Tracy Hamm as the newest player to join the expansion team's roster.

Hamm is a defender from the University of California at Berkeley who was drafted by Bay Area's FC Gold Pride in 2009. She declined an opportunity to play in the inaugural season of Women's Professional Soccer but will join the Beat in 2010.

During Hamm's 2002-2006 collegiate playing career, she amassed 12 goals, was an All-Pac-10 academic honorable mention three times, and started every game of her final two seasons. Hamm was a key factor in Cal's defense, which in 2005 set a school record for goals against average (0.475, seventh in nation) and tied school marks for both fewest goals allowed (11) and most shutouts (14) in a season.

Since graduating in 2006, Hamm played with the California Storm and currently serves as both Director of Coaching for Heritage Soccer Club in the Bay Area and Assistant Coach at her alma mater.

" Tracy has excellent strength and speed and will add depth of our back line," said Atlanta Beat Head Coach Gareth O'Sullivan. "As a college assistant coach, she will bring a great attitude and level of maturity to camp in March."

Hamm will report to preseason in Atlanta in early Spring of 2010.

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