Patriot League 20th Anniversary Profiles: Amy (Hakola) Lindsay



Oct. 4, 2010

Name: Amy (Hakola) Lindsay
Institution: U.S. Naval Academy
Sport: Women's Soccer
Graduation Year: 1998
Did You Know?
Named to the All-Star squad at the 2000 Armed Forces Women's Soccer Championship.

A 1996 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll recipient, she was a member of the first winning team in U.S. Naval Academy history. They have posted a winning record in 15 consecutive seasons entering the 2010 campaign.

  • 1997 team captain
  • Three-time all-Patriot League First Team selection (1994-96)
  • Ranks seventh in League history with 479 saves, which is a U.S. Naval Academy record
  • Owns League Tournament records for most saves in one game (20) and one tournament (27)
  • Among top 10 in Navy women's soccer history with 14.5 career shutouts and .823 save percentage (4th)

    After the Academy, she went to Yokosuka, Japan for two years as a meteorologist. Her primary job was to route ships through the Pacific and Indian oceans. After Japan, Lindsay was stationed in Omaha, Neb. at the Air Force Weather Headquarters. She did many different things while stationed there but my main focus was on developing dust forecasting strategies and techniques in the Middle East to aid in Operation Iraqi Freedom. After resigning her commission after being stationed in Omaha, she became the assistant women's soccer coach at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

    Once back in Omaha, Lindsay became the risk manager for a local construction company and worked there until their first child was born. A stay-at-home mom, Lindsay serves as an elected official on the board for the Metropolitan Utilities District.

    Finally, one of the accomplishments she is most proud of is the establishment of Kicks for a Cure. Lindsay and her husband are co-founders of the event which is an annual spring soccer weekend hosted at Creighton University. The primary purpose of the weekend is to raise awareness for women's cancer education and prevention. This is also an opportunity to generate a broader interest in women's collegiate athletics, and to showcase Omaha as a compassionate, vibrant community where health care, education, commerce and recreation intertwine. Since inception in 2006, we have raised over $725,000 for cancer research.

    Q: What factors helped in your decision to attend the U.S. Naval Academy?
    A: Quality of education, athletic opportunities and the opportunity to serve my country.

    Q: What was your proudest on-the-field accomplishment?
    A: Army-Navy, freshman year. We were definitely considered the underdog and ended up losing the game; however, we put up a much greater fight than anyone ever expected out of us and if I remember correctly, it was one of the better games of my career. .

    Q: What was your proudest academic accomplishment?
    A: Graduation from U.S. Naval Academy.

    Q: How were you able to balance the demands in the classroom with the demands of being an athlete?
    A: It seemed the busier I became, the more successful I was in the classroom. I had to learn to manage my time and take advantage of every available minute.

    Q: How did your experience as a student-athlete prepare you for life after college?
    A: It taught me about teamwork, leadership, sacrifice and multi-tasking.

    Q: What was life in the military like after graduation? A: The military provides a great opportunity to not only serve your country but enjoy travel, adventure, and excitement. I was able to see different parts of the world, participate in meaningful jobs within the military and create lifelong bonds with those I served with throughout both the Academy and the Navy.

    Q: Do you think your career and single-season saves records will ever be broken?
    A: I would think that someone is always going to be capable of beating any Patriot League record I might hold. However, in regards to my Navy records, I hope they are not broken since that could possibly indicate a negative decline for the team.

    Q: If you could go back to college and compete one more time, where would it be and against whom?
    A: Navy's field against Army.

    Q: If you had to offer current student-athletes some words of wisdom what would they be?
    A: Enjoy the experience and take advantage of every opportunity afforded to you.

    Q: Do you still follow Navy athletics?
    A: Yes...every year.

    Q: Looking back, what does it mean to you to have been a Patriot League student-athlete?
    A: The Naval Academy and the Patriot League gave me the opportunity to receive an incredible education while playing the sport I love. I will always be grateful to both Navy and the Patriot League for the opportunities they made available to me.