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Heather O'Reilly grew up with three older brothers who loved including her in their sporting exploits and watched with pride as her athleticism grew...even when she started beating their friends. Later, O'Reilly would discover that she shares something else with one of her brothers: the game face.

WNT Brings 28-Player Roster for Final Matches of 2015 Victory Tour

CHICAGO (Nov. 24, 2015) – The 2015 Women’s World Cup champions will conclude their Victory Tour with four matches in December. The WNT will take on Trinidad &Tobago on Dec. 6 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu (3 p.m. local/8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1/FOX Sports GO) and Dec. 10 at the Alamodome in San Antonio (8 p.m. CT on ESPN2/WatchESPN), before finishing one of the most successful years in program history with matches against China PR on Dec. 13 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (5 p.m. MT on ESPN2/WatchESPN), and Dec. 16 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans (7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports 1/FOX Sports GO).

The match in New Orleans will be the final game for retiring U.S. forward Abby Wambach, who is the world’s all-time leading international scorer with 184 career goals in 252 caps.

“It has been a fantastic and thrilling year and we are looking forward to ending it on a high note, and especially honoring Abby and her legendary career in New Orleans,” said U.S. head coach Jill Ellis. “T&T and China are very competitive teams and once again we’ll look to these games to continue the process of preparing for Olympic Qualifying, especially now that we know our path during the qualifying tournament in February.”

With the retirements of Lauren Holiday, Shannon Boxx and Lori Chalupny, who all played their final WNT matches in October, twenty players from the Women’s World Cup roster will be at all the venues. Ellis has once again added 2015 NWSL MVP and leading scorer Crystal Dunn to the roster. Dunn has scored three goals and added three assists for the USA while starting the last four matches of the Victory Tour.

Ellis has also called in seven additional players who will train with the U.S. team during the trip and are available to play in the matches.

Tickets for all of the December matches are on sale at

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), Jaelene Hinkle (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Univ. of Virginia)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Western NY Flash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (7): Lindsey Horan (PSG), Sydney Leroux (Western NY Flash), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (unattached)

Additional Notes:

  • Of the eight players named to the roster who were not members of the 2015 Women’s World Cup winning team, two are getting their first call-ups: Danielle Colaprico, the NWSL Rookie of the Year and a midfielder from the Chicago Red Stars, and Rose Lavelle, a junior midfielder at Wisconsin, who was one of the top players for the USA at the 2014 Under-20 Women’s World Cup. Colaprico is 22 years-old and Lavelle is 20.
  • In addition, Ellis gave second call-ups to defenders Jaelene Hinkle and Emily Sonnett, as well as forward Stephanie McCaffrey, all of whom are 22 years old and earned their first caps in October in matches against Brazil. McCaffrey also scored her first international goal, bagging the fourth and final score in stoppage time of the 4-1 win against the Brazilians on Oct. 25 in Orlando, Fla.
  • Should the University of Virginia advance to the NCAA College Cup, Sonnett, who is a senior for the Cavaliers, would not join the U.S. squad until the match in San Antonio.
  • Rounding out the younger players on the roster are forward Lindsey Horan, who is currently playing in France for Paris Saint-Germain and earned her third cap on October 25 vs. Brazil, and Western New York midfielder Samantha Mewis, who earned her fourth cap against Brazil on Oct. 21. The 21-year-old Horan will not be with the team in Hawaii due to club commitments, but will join the squad for the final three games.
  • The match in Honolulu on the island of Oahu marks the first trip for the U.S. Women to the 50th state and the first international match hosted by U.S. Soccer in Hawaii.
  • It will also be only the second soccer match between national teams staged at Aloha Stadium. The Philippines defeated Chinese Taipei 1-0 at the venue in 1976 in a match that was a part of a triple-header that also featured the Hawaii All-Stars against the San Diego Jaws (which played one season in the NASL) and the New York Cosmos against Team Honda from Japan, a match that featured four goals from Pelé.
  • Hawaii will be the 32nd U.S. state (not including the District of Columbia) in which the American women have played since the program’s inception in 1985.
  • The U.S. WNT has played T&T eight times in its history, most recently a 1-0 victory during group play of the qualifying tournament for the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Abby Wambach’s goal in the 54th minute was the difference. Five of the eight games have been in CONCACAF qualifying competitions.
  • The U.S. Women have played 12 matches all-time in the state of Texas, including two visits to San Antonio. The USA played at the Alamodome in October of 2013, a 4-0 victory against Australia. The USA also played a pre-Olympic warm-up match in San Antonio in 1996 at Blossom Field, a 3-0 win vs. Sweden.
  • The USA will be making its third visit to University of Phoenix Stadium, home to the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, after playing there in November of 2011 (1-1 tie with Sweden) and December of 2012 (2-0 win vs. Ireland).
  • The match in Glendale marks a homecoming for U.S. defender Julie Johnston, who was named to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup All-Star Team. She hails from nearby Mesa, Ariz.
  • China has been one of the most frequent opponents in U.S. history. The U.S. has played China 54 times, more than any country besides Canada.
  • Since 1991 - a span of 24 years - the U.S. and China have failed to play a match in a calendar year only five times.
  • The USA is 33-8-13 all-time vs. China.
  • The USA’s most recent meeting with China came in the quarterfinal at the 2015 Women’s World Cup – a 1-0 win by the USA in Ottawa, Canada, on a goal from Carli Lloyd.
  • The U.S. Women have played in New Orleans just once before. That match took place in 2003 at Tad Gormley Stadium. This one will be the first for the U.S. Women at the famed Superdome, home to the NFL’s New Orleans Saints.




Women's World Cup Champs Honored at the White House

On Oct. 27, the U.S. Women’s National Team took President Barack Obama up on his offer to visit the White House in celebration of the 2015 Women’s World Cup title. The players got a tour of the most famous building in the United States, met the President and were treated to a tremendously gracious, humorous and powerful speech from the Commander in Chief as a great time was had by all.

Lori Chalupny: Friend, Teammate and Champion

As Lori Chalupny prepares to end her international career, she sits down with the only two other active WNT players from their 2002 FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Cup title team to reminsice, reflect on “book-ending” her career with titles in Canada and of course, Heather O’Reilly and Ashlyn Harris have some nice things to say about their long-time teammate.

Ellis Calls in 31-Player WNT Victory Tour Roster for Matches vs. Brazil in Seattle and Orlando

CHICAGO (Oct. 16, 2015) – The 2015 Women’s World Cup champions will continue their Victory Tour with matches against Brazil on Oct. 21 in Seattle, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance (7 p.m. PT on ESPN2/ WatchESPN), and Oct. 25 in Orlando (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1/FOX Sports GO). The matches are the fifth and sixth of the tour. 

“We are looking forward to two competitive games against Brazil,” said U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis. “They are a highly motivated team and certainly they have some exciting and dangerous attacking players. These are the kinds of games where we get tested and it provides a chance to evaluate our player pool. The more matches we can play like this, the better.” 

All 23 players from the Women’s World Cup winners will be at both venues in addition to NWSL MVP and leading scorer Crystal Dunn, who was added to the roster for the USA’s two September matches against Haiti and scored two goals with three assists over the two games. 

Ellis has called in seven additional players who will train with the U.S. team during the trip and are available to play in the matches. 

The October games will be the final international matches for midfielders Shannon Boxx and Lauren Holiday and defender Lori Chalupny, all of whom announced their international retirements earlier in the year. Boxx will play her final match in Seattle while Holiday and Chalupny will play their final matches in Orlando. 

Tickets for both games are on sale at In the Seattle area, tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster ticket centers (including most Fred Meyer and Walmart locations) and the CenturyLink Field ticket office (open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). In Central Florida, tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster ticket centers (including most Walmart locations) as well as the Amway Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) [Note: Tickets are not sold at the Orlando Citrus Bowl except on the day of the event.]  

Women’s National Team Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (12): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Jaelene Hinkle (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Gina Lewandowski (FC Bayern Munich), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Univ. of Virginia)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (unattached), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Western NY Flash), Christine Nairn (Washington Spirit), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (7): Lindsey Horan (Paris Saint-Germain), Sydney Leroux (Western NY Flash), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (unattached) 

Additional Notes:

  • Four of the players called up that were not members of the 2015 Women’s World Cup Team previously have earned caps with the senior side: forward Lindsey Horan (two caps at the 2013 Algarve Cup), who is currently playing professionally in France with Paris Saint-Germain; Samantha Mewis (three caps in 2014), a NWSL Rookie of the Year finalist with the Western NY Flash who started 20 games while scoring four goals with four assists; midfielder Christine Nairn of the Washington Spirit (two caps and a goal in 2009 when she was 18) who had five goals and four assists this past NWSL season; and Crystal Dunn, who is up to 15 caps to go with her two scores.
  • Three players were called to their first WNT camp in 22-year-old defender Jaelene Hinkle, who played every minute of all 20 matches last season with the Western NY Flash; 22-year-old defender Emily Sonnett, a senior captain at the University of Virginia; and 30-year-old defender Gina Lewandowski, currently of FC Bayern Munich, who has played in Germany since 2007 and won a UEFA Champions League title with Ali Krieger and FFC Frankfurt in 2008. Lewandowski and Krieger are the only Americans to win a UEFA Champions League title.
  • Forward Stephanie McCaffrey, who started 17 of the 19 matches she played this past season with the Boston Breakers while scoring three goals with three assists, previously trained with the U.S. team during an extended training camp last January.
  • The U.S. Women have not played in Seattle since two Women’s World Cup Qualifying matches in 2002 that were played at SAFECO Field, home of the Seattle Mariners.
  • The Seattle Reign of the NWSL features two stars of the U.S. team, Washington native and Women’s World Cup Golden Glove winner Hope Solo and midfielder Megan Rapinoe.
  • The U.S. team has a long history in Orlando, which was the training base for the U.S. team for the 1995 and 1999 Women’s World Cups and the 1996 Olympics. The USA played two matches at the Citrus Bowl during the 1996 Olympics and most recently played there against Brazil in November 2013, a 4-1 victory in front of more than 20,000 fans.
  • At the Women’s World Cup in Canada, Brazil won Group E over Korea Republic, Costa Rica and Spain but fell to Australia 1-0 in the Round of 16. Brazil is currently ranked sixth in the world.


At the annual Turkey Trot in East Brunswick, New Jersey, the weekend before Thanksgiving, the winner of each age category takes home a turkey. Heather O’Reilly ran every year she could, showing up in her green soccer jersey, fresh off the field. “For a good many years, my mom never had to buy a turkey for Thanksgiving. Heather won every year,” says Heather’s brother Steve. Heather’s memory of her first year running has stuck with her, “For the little kids, they had your parents line up and you basically ran to your mom. I remember running so hard, and then my mom scooping me up, yelling, ‘You won! You won! You got the turkey!’ She grabbed me so hard. She was so happy that I won the race. It was cool to see my mom so proud and happy.”

O’Reilly liked the way it felt to make her family proud. She had three older brothers, “I wanted to impress them, I wanted them to be like, ‘Oooh look at my sister!’ They just loved it if I would beat one of their friends in basketball or in a race. And at a young age, that’s what drove me; that was really important to my early motivation. I got this confidence about being fast, about being able to hang with the guys, being encouraged by my brothers.”

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“It just happens; when I’m going hard, when I’m very intense. As more photos were taken of me, then you realize, ‘Wow, I do make a face, like all the time.’” Interestingly, the game face runs in the family. Her brothers, talented track runners in high school, all shared the trademark O’Reilly scowl, “In photos, they’d be straining and I’d be like, ‘Geez, your face is so intense.’ And then it’s in every one of my soccer photos. I wear my heart on my sleeve.”

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The veteran is also a leader in the community – she works with America Scores, an inner-city outreach program that couples soccer with literacy building, and Right to Play, an international organization that helps instill life skills via sport.


O’Reilly, commonly known as “HAO,” got her first call up to the National Team when she was still in high school. Her childhood best friend Lindsey Berger remembers her coming home from a weekend away and saying, “You’ll never believe where I just was; I was at Mia Hamm’s house!” Now, the kid who was once struck dumb by her chance to hang with Mia Hamm, sees herself as a bridge between generations. “I think it’s cool that I can help pass along the traditions, the attitudes, and the approach to training that’s unique: very serious, very intense, but also full of joy that I learned from the ‘99 generation.”

“I’ve spent half of my life on this team. I’ve worn a lot of different hats, had a lot of different roles,” says O’Reilly. “Going into the 2015 World Cup, I’m very proud to be a veteran, but we definitely feel like there’s unfinished business. We have three Olympic gold medals– but there’s one glaring omission from the resume.”

U.S. National Team: Played in her first world championship at the senior level at the 2004 Olympics and was the second-youngest player on the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team … The youngest player named to the 2002 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup roster and the youngest gold medal winner on the 2004 Olympic team … In the 2000s, she won a championship for either college, club or country in eight of the 10 years of the decade.

2015: 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champion... Named to the 2015 U.S. FIFA Women's World Cup roster, her third World Cup selection... Has appeared in five games for the U.S. so far this year, starting one at the Algarve Cup and upping her career caps with the WNT to 220 (as of June 29, 2015)... Made her first appearance in the 2015 World Cup in the quarterfinal match against China... Helped the U.S. to its 10th Algarve Cup title ... Has played in nine of the USA's 10 Algarve Cup title runs.... 2014: Became the ninth U.S. female player to hit 200 caps after reaching the milestone against Korea DPR on March 12  at the Algarve Cup … Heads into 2015 in seventh on the USA’s all-time list with Abby Wambach and Christie Rampone the only active players ahead of her … She was the second-youngest player to hit 200 caps for the USA: Kristine Lilly was 28 years old, 9 months, 15 days when she earned cap No. 200 on May 7, 2000 and O’Reilly was 29 years old, 2 months, 10 days when she earned her 200th cap … Played in 22 matches, tied for second most on the team, and started 10 games … Played 1,116 minutes and scored four goals with five assists, upping her international goal total to 41 and becoming just the 13th U.S. female player to score 40 or more goals … Scored twice against Russia in back-to-back games and got a goal against Korea DPR at the Algarve Cup … Also scored against Mexico … Was a member of the U.S. team that won the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship to qualify for the Women’s World Cup, playing in four matches … 2013: Was one of the most consistent players on the WNT, leading the team in minutes played with 1,143 and was the only player to play more than 1,000 minutes … Tied for second on the team in matches played with 14 while starting 12 and scored one goal (against New Zealand) with four assists … 2012: Played 1,458 minutes in 27 matches, the second-most of any year in her WNT career, and started 17 … Had six goals and 13 assists – the second-most on the U.S. team – in what was her second-best scoring year ever … Played in four matches at the Olympics, starting two, and had one of the biggest assists in U.S. history with her cross to Alex Morgan for the game-winning goal in 123rd minute of the Olympic semifinal win against Canada … She came into the semifinal during overtime in the 101st minute and ran down Abby Wambach’s pass on the right wing before sending in the fateful service … Started three games at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament and had four goals and three assists … Registered her first career hat trick against the Dominican Republic in the first match of Olympic qualifying … 2011:Started all 18 games she played for the USA and her 1,418 minutes were fourth-best on the team … Scored three goals with three assists to hit 30 career goals and tie Brandi Chastain for 13th on the USA’s all-time scoring list … Started five games at the Women’s World Cup, her second World Cup tournament at the senior level, and scored one goal with one assist … Her fantastic shot from distance against Colombia in the USA’s second group game was one of the 10 finalists for FIFA Goal of the Year and gave her three career goals in the WWC … Missed the USA’s final group match against Sweden at the WWC with a minor injury … Passed 150 career caps, becoming just the 16th U.S. player to reach the mark … Broke the U.S. record for consecutive matches played (previously held by Carla Overbeck at 63), playing in 74 straight games from 8/12/07 to 1/21/11 … 2010: Played in all 18 matches for the USA, starting 17, while scoring two goals with six assists … Scored the winning goal in a 2-1 victory against China in Kennesaw, Ga., in October and scored in a 4-0 triumph against Germany in May … With 27 career goals at the end of 2010, she moved into the list of top-15 all-time goal scorers in U.S. history … Played in all five matches at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament while registering three assists … Started both legs against Italy in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup playoff series …2009: Played in all eight matches for the WNT, starting seven, and had a team-leading three assists … Moved into the top 25 in all-time caps … 2008: Had her best scoring year ever for the WNT (10 goals, 10 assists), becoming just the sixth female player in U.S. history to tally double figures in goals and assists in a calendar year … In 2008, she more than doubled her career assists … Started 33 of the 36 matches she played, leading the team in games played, while earning her minutes almost entirely at flank midfield … Set U.S. records for most games played in a year (36) and most consecutive games played in a year (36) … Scored against Italy at the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea … Got a key goal in the victory against Costa Rica during Olympic qualifying that sent the USA to China … Started all six games at the Olympics and was the second leading scorer for the USA with two goals and three assists … She got a goal in the first-round win against New Zealand, which was the fastest goal in Olympics history coming just 40 seconds into the game … Also scored in the Olympic semifinal against Japan, where she also had two assists to Angela Hucles … Had a huge assist in the quarterfinal win against Canada … Scored the winning goal in the USA’s final match of the year, a 1-0 victory against China in Detroit … Scored four times on the USA’s Achieve Your Gold Tour following the Olympics … 2007: Played in 22 games, starting 15, and had her best-ever scoring year to date with seven goals … Scored twice at the 2007 Women’s World Cup, including a crucial tying goal against Korea DPR in the first match of the tournament … Played in all six games at the WWC, starting five … Also scored against Norway in the third-place match … Scored one of her best goals on a blast against Canada on May 12 … Also scored against England at the Four Nations Tournament in January … 2006: Played in 14 matches, starting 11, and scored three goals … Played in three matches at the Four Nations Tournament, starting one … Had an excellent tournament in starting all four matches at the Algarve Cup and played 90 minutes for the first time against Denmark, a match in which she scored twice ... It was the first two-goal game of her career … Also scored against Ireland … 2005: Played in all four matches at the Algarve Cup, starting one, which was her first start since breaking her leg in June of 2003 … Played in seven matches during the year, starting three, and scored one goal, that against Ukraine in Portland, Ore. … 2004: Named U.S. Soccer’s Young Female Athlete of the Year … Played in 12 matches off the bench and made a late run during the Olympic Residency Camp to earn a spot on the roster for Greece … Picked up two assists in her first match after being named to the Olympic roster during a 3-1 win against Australia … Scored one of the most important goals in U.S. history in overtime against Germany in the Olympic semifinal off an assist from Mia Hamm to help the USA to a 2-1 win … 2003: Earned 10 caps and scored two goals, but suffered a broken fibula in her left leg on June 14 against Ireland in Salt Lake City just 74 seconds into the game after colliding with the Irish goalkeeper while scoring her third full National Team goal … Did not recover sufficiently in time to make the Women’s World Cup Team … 2002: Played in eight games, including her debut against Sweden at the Algarve Cup, and scored her first full international goal against Italy at the Nike U.S. Women’s Cup in Cary, N.C. … At the age of 17, she earned four caps at the Algarve Cup in Portugal in March of 2002, playing against Sweden, England, Norway and Denmark … Youth National Teams: A key player on the USA’s 2002 U-19 World Championship team, scoring four goals with seven assists to help the USA to the first-ever world championship for youth women … Played a part in the golden goal against Canada in the USA’s 1-0 win in the championship game, keeping a cross alive with a hard near-post run before Lindsay Tarpley finished it to end the game … She scored 18 goals in 18 U-19 internationals … A member of the 2002 Under-19 CONCACAF Qualifying Team, she helped the USA qualify for the 2002 FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Championship, playing in all three matches and scoring seven goals with four assists ... A member of the USA’s 2005 U-21 Nordic Cup title team, scoring four goals in four matches including one in the championship game win against Norway … First Appearance: March 1, 2002, vs. Sweden … First Goal: Oct. 6, 2002, vs. Italy.


Professional / Club – 2014: Traded from the Boston Breakers to FC Kansas City on Oct. 27 in exchange for forward Morgan Marlborough and defender Kassey Kallman … Started 21 of the 22 games she played for the Breakers during the 2014 season, leading the team in scoring with nine goals and five assists … Was by far the team leader in shots (53) and shots on goal (34) … Named to the NWSL Second XI … 2013: Allocated to the Boston Breakers for the 2013 NWSL season, starting all 20 games in which she played … Played 1,734 minutes and scored five goals with six assists to finish third on the team in scoring … 2012: Signed with the Boston Breakers for the 2012 WPS season before the league folded … 2011: Played 929 minutes for her home state Sky Blue FC, starting 10 of the 11 matches she played … Scored one goal with one assist … 2010: Started all 22 games she played in for Sky Blue while playing every minute of those games … Scored one goal with a team-leading five assists and was named to the WPS All-Star Team … 2009: Allocated to Sky Blue FC in her home state of New Jersey for the inaugural WPS season … Played every minute in each of her 17 matches during the regular season, helping Sky Blue to a fourth-place finish in the league and the final playoff berth … She then helped lead Sky Blue to an emotional three-game playoff run, winning all three matches on the road, and scored the winning goal in the WPS championship game victory against Los Angeles … Named MVP of the WPS Championship Game but, in the post-game interview, deferred the honor to Christie Rampone … Youth Club: Played from 1994-99 for the East Brunswick Dynamite, then switched to the PDA Splash for two years and the PDA Torpedoes for one year … Won state titles with the Dynamite in 1994 and 1995 and with the Splash in 2001.