DURHAM, N.C. – As the Duke field hockey program commemorates Homecoming Weekend with a reunion in September, GoDuke.com will feature several Blue Devil alumnae to highlight memories from their collegiate careers and the paths they’ve taken to success in their professional fields.
Shayna McGeehan Heinrich, 2004-07
Heinrich helped lead Duke to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including a pair of national championship game berths in 2004 and 2005. She appeared in 85 career contests on the Blue Devils’ back line, notching five goals. Heinrich earned selection to the All-South Region team three times and was a member of the 2007 ACC All-Tournament Team.
A 2008 graduate of Duke, Heinrich was a member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Squad as a psychology major with a minor in cultural anthropology. She received her master’s degree in Counselor Education from NC State in 2012. She joined the Duke Athletic Department’s Academic Services team following graduation before more recently joining former Blue Devil teammate Laura (Suchoski) Tierney at The Social Institute.
Can you update us on where you are now and your role with The Social Institute?
Shayna Heinrich: I live in Chapel Hill, N.C. with my husband, one-and-a-half year old daughter and dog. I have teamed back up with my former teammate, Laura Tierney (Suchoski), at The Social Institute. Laura is the founder/CEO and I am the Operations Director.
What are some of your favorite memories from your time at Duke?
SH: I have great memories of playing in three final fours and two national championship games. I loved the energy and intensity of these games. Unfortunately, we did not bring home a national championship, but I still feel honored to have had the opportunity to go that far in three of my four field hockey seasons at Duke.
What is your favorite Duke tradition?
SH: I loved going to Duke sporting events, especially when we played our rival, UNC. Now I live in Chapel Hill and still hear about the rivalry from friendly neighbors as a Duke alum living in Chapel Hill.
What was your favorite spot on campus?
SH: I love the Duke Gardens. It was always refreshing to go for a walk or run through the gardens while in college to take a break from school work and athletic demands.
Did you have a favorite professor or class?
SH: I took two classes with Professor Lee Baker. He was a great professor and passionate about what he taught. I really enjoyed the dialogue and issues we discussed in his classes.
Favorite food on campus?
SH: Pizza from the Loop!
Who were some teammates who influenced you either on or off the field?
SH: Caitlin Dallmeyer (Williams) was my teammate and best friend throughout my time at Duke and has continued to be a constant part of my life since we graduated in 2008. She was a great friend and support to navigate through school together and I have loved to see her grow professionally in her field hockey coaching career and becoming a mom herself.
Laura Tierney (Suchoski) has also influenced my life both during Duke when she was a rock star on the field and currently, where she is an amazing force professionally (and a great mom too!).
What advice would you give to current or future Blue Devils?
SH: Enjoy your time at Duke and live in the present. Duke is such an amazing university with wonderful students, professors and staff. Take the time to break out of your comfort zone and explore the opportunities that the school has to offer.