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When it comes to Duke athletics, successful athletes are around every corner. The Duke University field hockey coach Pam Bustin was inducted into the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday. The 2014 class of inductees was the first group to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in over ten years.
“The USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame is designed to honor players, coaches, umpires, and administrators who have enhanced the sport of field hockey through exceptional achievements. The USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame Honorary Membership is designed to honor those who have given long and exceptional service to USA Field Hockey and have made significant contributions to the sport in the U.S. or Internationally.”
“To be inducted into the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame is an overwhelming honor,” Bustin said. “This induction group includes some of my greatest teammates, colleagues and mentors. Each of them provide inspiration to continue to dedicate myself to the sport we and to the youth within this organization. I am so grateful for everything USA Field Hockey has provided to and prepared me for throughout my life as an elite player and coach. I am truly blessed.”
Tracey Fuchs, Katie Kauffman Beach, Kate “Tiki” Kinnear, Jull Reeve, Nigel Traverso and the 1984 U.S. Women’s Olympic Bronze Medal Team were inducted in this years class along with Bustin. Tom Harris, Pam Hixon, Steve Jennings, Linda Kreiser and Sharon Taylor were inducted into the hall of fame as honorary members.
Bustin was the team captain of the United States under-21 team for three years spanning from 1987-1989. She competed in the 1986, 1987, 1989 and 1990 Olympic Festivals. In 1989, she led the team to win silver at the Junior Pan American Games. After her performance there, Bustin was named to the U.S. National Team, playing her way to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. As a member of that team, she helped Team USA finish in fifth place.
Currently, Bustin serves as the Duke University head field hockey coach. She has been at the helm for three years and in that time she has completely turned the program around. Her coaching record is 38-26, with making two trips to the NCAA tournament. In 2011, the team advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals. In 2013, the team advanced as far as the NCAA championship match. She was named the National Field Hockey Coaches Association South Region Coach of the Year in the fall and was named the ACC Coach of the Year in her first season at Duke. Duke isn’t her only coaching gig. Bustin is currently an assistant coach for the U.S. national under-19 and under-21 teams.