Heather Mitts was born on June 9, 1978 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her father Don is a cardiac surgeon, and mother Jan Peck is a personal trainer. Heather first touched a soccer ball at age 6, and never let go. At 8 she was playing in organized teams and dabbling in other sports.
After her freshman year of high school, Heather decided to devote herself exclusively to the game and aim for a college scholarship. She knew she was on her way as she received every honor imaginable for high school athletics and lead her school, St. Ursula Academy, to four straight district titles. The University of Florida saw a future star, and gave Heather a scholarship.
Heather kicked off her college career as gloriously as she had left her high school one. In her first season, she started in 20 of 21 matches, logging a total of 1,270 minutes and winning the team’s Gator award for exceeding coaches’ expectations.
As a junior, Heather led the Gators to a national victory and was crowned an all-American. The national team had to have her. They took her into the under-21 squad, where she eagerly awaited the birth of an American professional women’s soccer league. Soon enough, she got a call from Tampa Bay. They wanted her in the W1 league.
Heather’s time in Tampa was short lived. The Philadelphia Charge, a powerhouse team in the Women’s United Soccer Federation, wanted her in its ranks.
In 2001, Philadelphia drafted her, and she became their defender who would let no player past. Heather was building momentum and renown, for both her awe-inspiring play and her jaw-dropping good looks as well.
The U.S. national team, which had already secured a world championship, was the next to take Heather under its wing. This opportunity allowed her to go head-to-head with world-class players from dozens of countries, and she has helped maintain the team’s prestige in doing so. Heather is currently involved in the biggest tournament of her career: the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Heather Mitts is dating Miami Dolphins quarterback A.J. Feeley. She was named the Hottest Female Athlete for 2004 by ESPN, beating out Anna Kournikova and Jennie Finch, and has done spreads for magazines like Maxim and FHM. Heather currently lives in Philadelphia.