Casey Di Nardo
USA Field Hockey
Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va.
Current Residence: Chapel Hill, N.C.
Joined National Team: 2014
Jumping into the sport during her middle school years, Di Nardo quickly realized that the uniform’s traditional skirt does not take away from the toughness of field hockey. Although raised on a soccer field as a kid, Di Nardo could not shake her love for field hockey when she first stepped on the pitch. For her, the immense amount of strategy involved in the game and extravagant level of competitiveness creates a dynamic battle of wits and physical talent. Di Nardo makes her first appearance on Team USA’s roster with former high school teammate Stefanie Fee. At Frank W. Cox High School, the duo won two state Championships and in 2009, they were part of the team that was first in the nation.CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2014: Named to the National Team; Women’s National Championship Champion
2013: Women’s National Championship Champion, U21 Championship Champion, All South Region Second team, Dawson Family Most Improved Player Award (UNC)
2012: U-19 National Team Member and Captain of the 2012 U-19 Holland Tour High school, 2012 NFHCA All American, All State, Eastern Region & Beach District Player of the Year
High School: Frank W. Cox
Club: Saints Hockey
College: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Names of parents/guardians: Kathy and Jimmy Di Nardo
Names of sibling(s): Jordan, Derek and Carson
Year you began field hockey: 2006
Game day mantra: Turn on your jets!
Favorite sports quote: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” –Tim Notke
Best words of advice: Anything in life worth doing is worth overdoing. Moderation is for cowards.