Michael Jordan, Mia Hamm and Andrew Miller are just a few of many great athletes to come through UNC.
MJ is widely-regarded as the greatest basketball player of all-time, Mia Hamm is considered the greatest women’s soccer player to walk this earth, while Andrew Miller is arguably the best baseball player to ever don a Tar Heel uniform.
How about 4-time national champion Erin Matson, Carolina’s head field hockey coach, who is the youngest in all of Division-I sports?
Matson won ACC titles in every season as a field hockey player (2018-2022), plus NCAA crowns in four of five years (2018-2020, 2022).
She just led the Tar Heels to their seventh-consecutive ACC title, as they downed archrival Duke, 2-0, on Friday night in Charlottesville, Va.
What Matson did as a player is nonetheless impressive. It might be the greatest collegiate career among a Tar Heel – and that’s really saying something, with all the All-Star athletes to play in Chapel Hill.
What Matson’s done as a coach is just as impressive, if not more than her playing career.
Think of all the Carolina sports you’ve watched over the years. How many coaches come in, especially at the young age Matson (23) is, and find immediate success?
UNC sits at 14-3 heading into NCAA Tournament play, as it’ll play again on Friday, Nov. 10. The Tar Heels went all of September without a loss, winning eight straight games.
Who will Matson coach against next? Find out on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 10 p.m. ET, when the NCAA Field Hockey tournament brackets are released.