DURHAM, N.C.— Over the summer, the Blue Devils are catching up with Duke women's basketball alumnae to see what they have been up to since leaving Durham. Our next alumna is 1985 graduate Maura Hertzog.
Hertzog, competed for Duke from 1982-85 and saw action in 104 career games, while making 85 starts. She scored 700 points, pulled down 252 rebounds and dished 258 assists over four seasons. Hertzog earned ACC Player of the Week during the 1983-84 campaign.
Since graduating from Duke, what have you been up to?
I went on to graduate from the Duke PA Program, then moved to Florida in 1989. I have been working as a PA since then, and currently live in New Smyrna Beach.
Tell is about your family, how many kids do you have?
Regarding family, I am married, we have a wonderful, loving chocolate lab named Coco. I am close to my family - my brother Scott went to Wake Forest and was a pitcher for the baseball team; my sister Deanna went to Clemson and was on the diving/swim team. We tried to catch each other’s games/events as much as possible, and my parents visited us as often as they could from Pennsylvania. Those were really fun times for our family.
Since playing basketball at Duke, have you gone into any coaching or anything?
I did coach a junior varsity boys’ basketball team for one season - in Allentown, Pa. - after I had graduated from undergrad at Duke and prior to starting PA school at Duke. That same year, I returned to my school and coached the girls’ tennis team. That was the grand total of my coaching career…
Have you been able to keep in touch with many former teammates/coaches?
Yes! We have a group that stays in touch often, especially during the season. We try to get together once or twice/year as well.
Do you still follow DWB and watch games when they are on television?
Yes! Our group often watches “together” and we text each other comments during the games.
Have you been able to make it back to Durham recently?
I have been back often through the years. This past year I was able to attend the reunion in February - it was really nice being back there and catching up with former teammates and coaches.
Since leaving Duke, who are a few DWB players you have enjoyed watching play?
I really can’t specify players - I have enjoyed watching them all.
Do you get a chance to play basketball any these days?
I still love to shoot around. And I play a little with some of the teenage boys in my neighborhood. They think I’m really good…
When looking back on your days at Duke, what are some of your favorite memories?
Beating Carolina. The highs and lows of every season, so many special moments with my teammates. Walking into Cameron every day for practice. The beautiful campus, the chapel, the quad.
Getting through finals (somehow). Beating Carolina.
Have you developed any new hobbies, etc., that you are involved with these days?
I stay active with tennis and running. I compete in some local races, try to win my age group… I have learned Salsa dancing - it is so much fun! Still can’t speak Spanish though…
How has a Duke degree helped you?
Duke is so widely respected - it has been invaluable, especially since I am involved in the medical field.
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to our current student-athletes?
Don’t take anything for granted - enjoy every second at Duke. It is such a privilege to be there.
Do you remember a specific class and/or professor at Duke that you really enjoyed while in school?
I took a religion class - I think the professor’s name was Barney Jones. He had such passion and obviously enjoyed teaching. It was a great learning environment.