DURHAM, N.C. - Duke head women's field hockey coach Pam Bustin recently announced the addition of 2012 Duke graduate Stefanie Fee to the staff as a volunteer assistant coach. Fee returns to the squad just months after serving as a solid defender for four year for the Blue Devils.
"[Fee] just got off the field with some of these kids, so I think the openness that they have to talk with her and trust that she cares about this team more than anything," commented Bustin. "It is something the coaching staff will really benefit from."
A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Fee started in every game for the Blue Devils for four consecutive seasons. As a senior, Fee garnered All-America, All-ACC and All-ACC Tournament honors and was also named to the Longstretch/NFHCA All-South Region first team. In addition to recording 15 career assists for the Blue Devils, Fee anchored a defensive unit which ranked second in the ACC and eighth nationally in goals against average (1.2 gaa).
"Her work ethic has obviously always been fantastic, " Bustin said. "She will bring that Duke pride to the program, that raise the bar to a certain work ethic that everyone has to meet. And her passion. Her passion for the game is contagious."
This summer, Fee was named to the US National Team but does not report to camp until early 2013. She plans on spending this fall learning more about the game, as well as honing her skills with the team.
"I am excited to jump on board and really work behind the scenes more and help this team improve and get better and work for a national championship," Fee said. "I am excited that I get to see the game in a whole different way, a whole different viewpoint. As a player it is going to help me on the national team because I will get to see a lot of things that I didn't get to see as a player."
Bustin believes the coaching with help Fee become a better player.
"The minute you coach you become a better player," Bustin commented. "The more you try to teach a concept or a tactic or a skill you are reinforcing in your own game what you want done. So the more you teach something the more you learn something," she said.
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