Local Realtor Carrie Lingo, a UNC field hockey standout who went on to a 12-year career with the U.S. National Team, was inducted Saturday evening into the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame.
“Carrie Lingo is one of our all-time greats and I think the world of her,” said UNC coach Karen Shelton, who attended the ceremony in Norfolk. “In addition to being an outstanding field hockey talent with so many physical gifts, she’s a cheerful, hard-working, optimistic person. She brings a positive vibe to any group. She’s suffered through a lot of adversity with injury and just fought through it. I’m thrilled she’s being honored in this way.”
As a player for the Tar Heels from 1999 to 2001, Lingo earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference, All-ACC Tournament and All-NCAA Tournament honors. She was a first-team All-America selection in 2001.
Lingo went on a long career as part of the U.S. National Team, representing the U.S. from 2001-12 in 190 international matches and becoming one of the most capped athletes in USA Field Hockey history. A U.S. team captain, Lingo played for the 2008 Olympic team and also represented the U.S. in the World Cup in 2002 and 2006. She was part of two silver medal teams (2007 and 2013) at the Pan American Games.
UNC annually awards the Lingo Award as the Players’ Player of the Year to the student-athlete who represents Carolina with the most dedication, commitment and intensity and embodies what it means to wear a Tar Heel uniform, all qualities that fit Lingo when she was a UNC student-athlete.
On Saturday evening, Shelton met with her Tar Heel team before joining the Lingo family for the Hall of Fame induction. “The Lingos are a great family – the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” Shelton said. “They’ve been amazing supporters of our program and Carrie is just a wonderful human being and so deserving of this. It wasn’t a matter of if she’d be inducted, it was a matter of when. I’m proud to be here supporting Carrie tonight.”
Born and raised in Sussex County, DE, Carrie committed her time and energy to Jack Lingo Realtor in 2012, after retiring as captain of the US Field Hockey Team. Over four years, she has developed a dynamic real estate team, The Carrie Lingo Team with her husband, Murray Padgett and David Gonce. In addition to her time at Jack Lingo, Carrie serves on the board of Delaware Wild Lands, serves as State Secretary for Ducks Unlimited, serves on the board of the Youth and Education Committee for Ducks Unlimited, and sits on the Board of the Greater Lewes Foundation. Carrie is part of the fund raising committee for the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Department and volunteer coach for the Cape Henlopen High School Field Hockey team.
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