RALEIGH, N.C. -- Meredith College Athletic Director Jackie Myers announced the addition of Courtney Hexter to the Avenging Angels athletics staff. Hexter will direct the college's new field hockey program as Meredith's 10th varsity sport set to begin competition in fall 2020.
"We are very excited to be the first NCAA Division III program in the state of NC to sponsor field hockey," said Myers, and I'm confident Courtney is the right person to lead and build our new program. Her passion for the sport is contagious and will attract current players from our state and beyond, and even entice other student-athletes to try the sport!"
Beginning in 2002 Hexter returned to her alma mater Bridgewater State College to direct the field hockey program for three seasons as well as serving one season as the assistant women's lacrosse coach. She also assisted with the field hockey and women's lacrosse programs at Colby College in Maine and the Franklin & Marshall Diplomats in Pennsylvania. With more than seven years of experience at NCAA Division III institutions, Hexter understands the unique landscape and mission of Meredith athletics and the strong qualities of Meredith student-athletes.
After stepping away from collegiate athletics to raise three children, Hexter returned to coaching in 2012 with a local club program and joined the Durham Academy staff in 2013 as a coach for both field hockey and lacrosse.
"I'm grateful to Meredith College, in particular, Jackie Myers and Vice President Jackson, for the opportunity to be back on the college sidelines," said Hexter. "I've seen first hand the tremendous spirit at Meredith for the athletics teams and the great pride in campus traditions long steeped in history."
Throughout her career Hexter has coached Futures in North Carolina and Pennsylvania, worked numerous collegiate sports camps, served as an official in both sports, and founded and directed a lacrosse summer league in Massachusetts.
Hexter received the 2003 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Coach of the Year award in field hockey, and earned various honors while a dual-sport student-athlete at Bridgewater State.
"I'm beyond thrilled to have been selected to build the first Division III field hockey program in North Carolina," said Hexter, "and cannot wait to get started. Go Angels!"
Hexter received a Bachelor of Science in physical education and recreation from Bridgewater State College and resides in Durham with her husband Josh and three boys, Evan, Christopher and Nicholas .