After coming to Chapel Hill in 1981, North Carolina field hockey coach Karen Shelton has claimed six titles and 10 runner-up finishes in her 35 years at UNC.
She also won a bronze medal as a player with the U.S. National team in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.
Staff writer Sam Doughton caught up with Shelton as she begins her 36th season to preview the team’s Aug. 27 season opener, discuss newcomers to the program and explain what it’s like to watch her former players compete in Rio.
The Daily Tar Heel: You from a year ago (Emily Wold, Nina Notman and Casey Di Nardo). Who’s stepping into those roles?
Karen Shelton: (Sophomore) Malin Evert played on the line last year, and she’s playing in the midfield now. I think she’s doing a nice job there. We have (redshirt senior) Emma Bozek back — she had to take a redshirt season last year. She’s back in the mix and playing very well. (Senior) Julia Young has improved. (Sophomore) Ashley Hoffman is playing in the middle of the field now, where she played right back last year. Those kids are veterans and experienced players.