DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Pam Bustin and the Duke field hockey team welcome five freshman student-athletes to the program for the 2019 campaign. Midfielder Josie Varney joins the Blue Devils from Smithfield, Maine.
A member of the U.S. U-19 and U-17 women's national teams, Varney was one of five Blue Devils to receive invitations last week to USA Field Hockey's U-21 Selection Camp in December. She also recently competed at USA Field Hockey's Young Women's National Championship, capturing the title with the U.S. U-19 squad. This spring, Varney completed an international tour to Germany with the U-19 team.
Varney was a three-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America selection at St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H. At St. Paul's, she was also a three-time All-New England Region choice and New Hampshire Player of the Year.
Varney won a bronze medal at the National Club Championship in 2018 and is a Junior Olympics and National Futures Championship participant as a member of the North East Elite club program.
She joins four other Blue Devils in the freshman class.
Why did you choose Duke?
Josie Varney: I fell in love with the people, it really just felt like home. Also, Duke has everything I was looking for with great academics and athletics!
What is your favorite field hockey memory?
JV: Beating Germany on tour this spring.
When did you start playing field hockey?
JV: I started playing when I was in fourth grade with my local rec program and fell in love with the game. From there I started playing with my local club and the rest is history!
What are your goals for your collegiate career?
JV: I want to help my team in any way I can in winning a national championship.
Who has had the biggest impact on your life?
JV: My family has had the biggest impact on my life, they're all always there to support me in everything I do. They cheer me on during the highs and pick me up at my lows.
To be a part of the Duke field hockey program is … to play for something bigger than yourself.