Boyer Model Student-Athlete for Hoosiers
Oct. 26, 2013
Outside of field hockey, you see this kind, giving person that traveled to Africa to teach at a primary school for six weeks in a community with no running water.
On the field is a different story. Once she steps onto the field, senior Hannah Boyer is a warrior.
“She is a fierce competitor and is very tough,” IU coach Amy Robertson said. “She cares a lot and it’s about more than her individual success, she wants to do whatever it takes to help the team.”
Boyer grew up in Louisville, Ky., in a soccer based family. Her grandfather was a national champion at Penn State and he brother is a college soccer coach. Despite the soccer family tradition, all her friends were tying field hockey in sixth grade, so Boyer eventually gave up soccer for field hockey.
After redshirting her first year on campus at IU, Boyer has played in 68 games and started all 68 as a defender for the Indiana field hockey team. Last year Boyer played and started in all 19 games for the Hoosiers and was a second team All-Big Ten selection as well as being named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad.
Boyer said her most memorable moments include beating Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament last year and beating Duke two years ago. She also talked about her redshirt year when she was part of a team that advanced to the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament and played Wake Forest in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
Boyer has already earned an undergraduate degree in applied health science with a major in human development and family studies and is currently pursuing a master of public health in professional health education. After she leaves IU, Boyer said she would like to work in the public health network and stay involved in field hockey in some way.
Robertson said she is proud of Boyer and that she is almost like another coach on the field for the Hoosiers.
“Hannah has helped the team in every way you can imagine,” Robertson said. “She has very high expectations for herself and is always looking for ways to help. She is always so supportive and is the glue that holds this team together.”
Boyer has been a model student-athlete and representative of the Indiana field hockey program. One way she was able to make an impact was through an internship program that sent to her Ghana to teach primary school. Boyer got the full experience with no running water, no air conditioning, taking bucket baths and having goats walk through her classroom during her lessons.
“I learned you can be happy and so content with that seems like so little, in comparison to what we have been blessed with in the United States,” she said. “I learned you can have a rich life based on relationships with others rather than material possessions.”
Another thing that Boyer does not take for granted is her time at IU.
“Even though it’s almost over I’ll claim that I play on the Indiana field hockey team for the rest of my life,” Boyer said. “These girls, I can’t compare them to anyone else. I’ve had teammates from literally all over the world and to have the dynamic where everyone can get along and every girl is one of your best friends. The relationships with our coaches have been amazing and the pride I have from being a Hoosier and being a part of a very supportive athletic community is something I will take with me.”
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