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Oct. 8, 2016 — A return to the Palmetto State

South Carolina is a state which is very much a barometer of how well the game of field hockey is doing when it comes to growth and development efforts.

Things were not going so well at the beginning of the decade. Spartanburg (S.C.) Day School folded its tent, leaving only Greenville Christ Episcopal (S.C.) remaining on the scholastic side. And there had only been one South Carolina college with a varsity program, Limestone in Division II. Newberry College came into being in 2013, which more or less doubled the available number of varsity student-athletes playing field hockey in the state.

Yesterday, it was announced that Converse College, a southern powerhouse at the dawn of Title IX, was making its return to varsity play for the first time since the team ended play in the 1980s.

In writing a story for our “Southern Fried Hockey” series, I was able to have a conversation with former Converse College coach and athletic director Melissa Moore, who was able to go over some of the history of the game in the deep South in the days of the AIAW.

It’s a good read if you want to take a few minutes.

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