What if I told you the most successful sports program at North Carolina since 2009 was not the men’s basketball team?
As you probably know, in 2009, head coach Roy Williams guided a team featuring Tyler Hansbrough, the all-time leading scorer in ACC men’s basketball history, to a second national championship in five years.
But what I’m guessing you don’t know is that in the same calendar year, Karen Shelton steered the field hockey program to a national title as well. In the process, her team began a run that is unparalleled in the current scope of UNC athletics.
Currently in her 38th season at the helm, Shelton owns a 650-164-9 mark and possesses six national championship trophies. Yet it’s a streak of nine consecutive trips to the Final Four since 2009, the year Shelton won her sixth national title at UNC, that interests me.
One year removed from an induction into the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Shelton led her team to a 20-2 season, one that culminated in a 3-2 win over Maryland in the 2009 national championship.