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Wednesday October 5th


Dr. Jeni Shannon, director of the Carolina Athletics Mental Health and Performance Psychology Program (AMP), poses for a portrait in her office in the McCaskill Soccer Center on Monday, June 20, 2022

Jeni Shannon's work with UNC athletes highlights importance of mental health resources

Jeni Shannon, the director of the Carolina Athletics Mental Health and Performance Psychology Program, is one of three full-time providers at UNC pioneering the athletic department’s approach to sports psychology. Shannon, alongside Dr. Brendan Carr and Dr. Bradley Hack, work directly with a number of athletic teams at UNC through sessions, outreach, and programming. 

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Freshman outside hitter Mabrey Shaffmaster (9) celebrates with her teammate, senior libero/defensive specialist Ryan Shannon (15), during the game against Notre Dame on Nov 5. UNC lost in three sets.

First-year Mabrey Shaffmaster powering UNC volleyball to best season since 2016

Volleyball revolves around each team completing the three-step process and burying the ball into the opponent’s floor.  The first-year from New Castle, Indiana, has earned two ACC Freshman of the Week honors this season and plays with a noticeable drive to win every single point. Whether digging, passing or spiking, Shaffmaster relies on the playing experience she’s gained since her infancy. She narrowed her choices down to North Carolina and Duke, and from the moment Sagula first watched Shaffmaster play, he knew she would bring a special skill set to the Tar Heels.

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