DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University head field hockey coach Pam Bustin and the Blue Devils will welcome former Wake Forest standout Valerie Dahmen to the coaching staff for the 2016 campaign. A goalkeeper with the Demon Deacons, Dahmen will serve as a volunteer assistant coach for the Duke program.
“Val has experienced much success in the goal cage during her time at Wake Forest and during her years of training growing up in Germany,” Bustin said. “She has coached youth hockey and just recently worked within the USA Field Hockey Futures program. Val's recent collegiate play within the NCAA and ACC will provide great insight to our goalkeepers. Her level of competitiveness and experience should be a great resource for both Kelsey [Wagner] and Sammi [Steele]. We are thrilled that Val chose Duke University and the Fuqua School of Business!”
Dahmen comes to Durham after completing an impressive collegiate career at Wake Forest. A three-year starter in goal, she helped the Demon Deacons capture the 2014 ACC Championship title and was tabbed a third team All-America and All-South Region selection by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association as a senior in 2015. Dahmen ranked second in the ACC in saves per game (5.42) her final year and was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week three times during the 2015 campaign, in addition to being selected to the NFHCA Division I Senior Game.
Dahmen rounded out her career with a 39-20 ledger, a 1.76 goals against average and a .710 save percentage. She also totaled 264 saves and nine shutouts in four seasons.
A native of Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany, Dahmen graduated from Wake Forest in 2016 with degrees in political science and Spanish.
“Shortly after I ‘retired’ from collegiate athletics I felt that I still had love and passion for the sport and therefore started looking into coaching opportunities in America as well as in Germany,” Dahmen said. “However, I was very confident in my decision to further my education directly after having graduated from undergrad. Duke offered me the perfect opportunity. Attending a prestigious school such as Duke University, while also being able to give back to the sport that has given me so much in the past years, is an absolute dream come true.”
Dahmen is currently enrolled in the Duke Fuqua School of Business’ Master of Management Studies program.