DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Pam Bustin and the Duke field hockey program will welcome six freshman student-athletes for the 2018 campaign. Back/midfielder Grace Kim joins the Blue Devils from St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, Va.
A center back and center midfielder at St. Catherine’s, Kim was a three-time All-LIS and all-state selection. She also received All-Metro recognition as a junior and senior. The Richmond, Va., native excelled on the soccer field as well, earning All-LIS and all-state accolades as a center midfielder.
“Duke True will benefit from Grace Kim’s competitive fire and desire to learn as she adapts to our attacking defensive structure,” Bustin said. “We cannot wait to get to work!”
Kim already has ties to Duke field hockey, as she is the younger sister of former Blue Devil captain Amanda Kim, who guided the program to NCAA semifinals appearances in 2013 and 2015.
“Duke True has the honor of welcoming Grace as a MEMBER of the Duke field hockey team,” Bustin said. “For many years she has been a part of our family as she cheered for her sister Amanda (Duke ’16). Now, Grace has worked diligently to earn her own roster spot.”
Grace has also been a member of the Saints club hockey program.
Kim joins five other incoming Blue Devils in the 2018 freshman class.
Why did you choose Duke?
Grace Kim: I chose Duke because it was the perfect hockey program for me with similar values that I hold. Pam has established a strong program and I knew it was a team I wanted to be a part of.
What are your goals for your collegiate career?
GK: I would love to win an ACC Championship and an NCAA Championship.
When did you start playing field hockey?
GK: I started field hockey in fourth grade because my older sister played and I wanted to be just like her. Early days of hockey are never pretty and mine were no exception. It wasn’t until around ninth grade that my game had truly developed, and it still had a long way to go.
Who has had the biggest impact on your life?
GK: My travel soccer coach has had the biggest impact on my life because not only did he teach me how to be a successful athlete on the field, but he showed me how to be a kind person off the field as well.
To be a part of the Duke field hockey program is … to be a member of an accomplished team, but also a part of a family.
GoDuke.com will feature a member of the Blue Devils’ 2018 freshman class every Monday over the coming weeks.