DURHAM, N.C. – As the Blue Devils celebrate the past, present and future of the program, GoDuke.com will feature several field hockey alumnae to highlight memories from their collegiate careers and the paths they’ve taken to success in their professional fields.
Ashley Camano, 2010-13
A goalkeeper for the Blue Devils, Camano appeared in eight career contests. As a senior in 2013, she helped lead Duke to the NCAA title match – its first appearance in the championship contest since 2005. Camano compiled a 3.12 goals against average and a .550 save percentage, recording 22 stops in 403:55 minutes of action.
A member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Squad, Camano graduated in 2014 with a degree in cultural anthropology. She also earned certificates in Policy Journalism & Media Studies and Markets and Management Studies before going on to master’s work at Gonzaga.
After interning with Nike while at Duke, Camano has gone on to a full-time marketing career with the company.
Can you update us on where you are now and your role at Nike?
Ashley Camano: I recently moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., after living in Portland, Ore., for four years after graduation. I'm the Cross-Category Brand Marketing Manager at Nike, Inc., working from Nike New York Headquarters in Manhattan. I'm originally from New Jersey, so it's been great to be back East and close to family!
What are some of your favorite memories from your time at Duke?
AC: My favorite DUFH game memory is when we topped UNC in penalty shootouts during my senior season. It was a Friday night game, under the lights and it was a total team win. There's nothing like a win against a rival, and this one was years in the making for us -- it was so special to take that one home during our last match in Chapel Hill.
What was your favorite spot on campus?
AC: My favorite spot on campus was the old Alpine Bagels, which has sadly since been replaced with the new dining hall. If I wasn't in class, training or at practice, everybody knew they could find me there writing a paper or catching up with friends. They always had the best music, best coffee and plenty of spots next to power outlets, which are a hot commodity on a college campus.
Did you have a favorite professor or class?
AC: It's hard to just pick one -- I majored in cultural anthropology, so every course was fascinating and always provided a new perspective for me on how people interact and differ from one another. My cul anth capstone course helped to provide great experience in research methods and helped me get out of my comfort zone exploring new areas in Durham. If I had to choose, I'd say that my favorite was my Anthropology of Law course with Dr. Sobel-Read -- and it helped that he was a huge Duke field hockey supporter as well!
Favorite food on campus?
AC: I would say my favorite spot on campus was Quenchers. After a tough workout, there was nothing better than a pit stop for a smoothie on the way out of the training room to refuel.
Who were some teammates who influenced you either on or off the field?
AC: Each one of my teammates influenced me in such differing and amazing ways -- that's what made our team so great. Everyone had a unique point of view, but still were all so selflessly in support of our team's mission. To name a few: thanks to Devon Gagliardi for inspiring through overcoming injury and supporting the team under you; Lauren Blazing for challenging me to be better every since play (and in every class); and Stefanie Fee for showing us that anything is possible with a little bit of belief and a lot of hard work.
What advice would you give to current or future Blue Devils?
AC: Define your own Blue Devil legacy. Not everyone will be able to score the game winner or make the save or get the glory in the box score. Success can be measured in any number of ways -- and at Duke, there are so many ways to create impact with your own legacy. Give it all you have both on and off the field, since your character is measured well beyond the games you're playing in.