Jesse Gey, an All-America and National Champion as a Tar Heel and a 2008 Olympian, has announced her retirement from the U.S. Field Hockey National Team. Gey, who is from Green Lane, Pa., made her national team debut in 2008 and earned 99 caps during her career.
"Jesse is one of my all-time favorite Tar Heels and one of our greatest success stories," UNC coach Karen Shelton said. "She's a testament to what a player can achieve with hard work, belief in herself and a love for the game.
"During her career, Jesse worked her way up the food chain from being a recruited walk-on to a starter and team MVP to National Champion to Olympian. She was one of the most coachable student-athletes in the history of our program and it has been a joy to watch her live the dream of representing the U.S. as part of the National Team. I know that she will be wildly successful in the next phase of her professional life, but the hockey community will miss her infectious smile and passion for the game."
A 2008 UNC graduate with a degree in communication studies, Gey was the first second-generation player to come through Shelton's Carolina program, following in the footsteps of her mother, Kim Knickerbocker Gey, who played at UNC from 1979-82. Gey was the Tar Heels' MVP in 2006 and earned All-America honors in 2007, when Carolina went undefeated and won NCAA and ACC titles.
To read the USA Field Hockey release on Gey's career and retirement, click here.