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Erin Matson, the most decorated player in North Carolina field hockey history, was announced on January 31, 2023, as the next head coach of the program in which she starred. By leading her first team to a National Championship in 2023, she became... More
Erin Matson, the most decorated player in North Carolina field hockey history, was announced on January 31, 2023, as the next head coach of the program in which she starred. By leading her first team to a National Championship in 2023, she became the youngest coach in history to win an NCAA Championship.
During her time as a Tar Heel, Matson played on four NCAA Championship teams and five ACC Championship teams. She was a 3x recipient of the Honda Sport Award for Field Hockey, becoming just the second player ever – after Karen Shelton – to win that honor three times. She finished her career as the all-time scoring leader in both ACC history and NCAA Tournament play. In 2021, she was named by the ACC Network as one of the top 10 female athletes in conference history. A 5x ACC Offensive Player of the Year and the only student-athlete in any sport to earn ACC Player of the Year recognition five times, Matson started for three of the five undefeated teams in program history.
A member of the U.S. National Team since the age of 17, Matson has extensive international playing experience in addition to her collegiate experience. She was the top scorer at the 2022 Pan American Cup in Chile and has represented the U.S. all over the world, in countries including India, England, South Africa and New Zealand.
While balancing collegiate play, international play and studies, she also became an entrepreneur, founding a brand, One, that sells gear bearing her logo. The company also organized and executed summer clinics, maximizing NIL (Name, Image, Likeness) opportunities as allowed by the NCAA.
A 3x team captain while at UNC, Matson majored in Advertising and Public Relations, graduating in December 2022.Less
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