Colette Cunningham

Colette Cunningham (Player) - Inducted 2019

Colette Cunningham played competitive club soccer for the Braddock Road Youth Club Shooting Stars as a Forward/Striker under Denise Mishalow. Her team won the VYSA State Cup in 1989.  She was a member of VYSA ODP and Region I ODP player pool and teams. Colette was also a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team Player pool and team earning two Caps in 1992. In High School Colette was a 4 year varsity player for Lake Braddock High School where they were District, Regional and State Champions her senior year. She attended Marymount University her freshman year where she scored 39 goals and 20 assists in 18 games. She is still the record holder for Division III for goals per season (39) and points per season (98).  While playing striker for North Carolina State University her remaining 3 college seasons, she recorded the following points: 106 points with 42 goals, 22 assists and 230 shots. She was named to the All Atlantic Coast Conference First Team in 1991 and 1992. Colette was a letter winner for N.C. State from 1990-1992 and the third time leading scorer with 42 goals (in 3 seasons). In May 1994, Colette Cunningham, signed with the Men’s Continental Indoor Soccer League’s Washington Warthogs. Colette was the FIRST woman to play in a men’s professional league and she was also the FIRST woman to score a point in the Continental Indoor Soccer League when she assisted on a goal against San Jose. Colette played overseas with S.S. Lazio, a Division 1 team, out of Rome, Italy. After playing 3 seasons with Lazio she transferred to a Division 1 team Sporting Sorrento in Naples, Italy for two years. There she led both teams in scoring and points. Colette was a member and one of the top leading goal scorers for the Maryland Pride Women’s Team from 1997-1999 prior to beginning her career in Law Enforcement. Colette Cunningham is currently a patrol Lieutenant with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office serving under Sheriff Michael L. Chapman.