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UNC Softball's Transfer Class Among Best In The Country

After 38 seasons under coach , the North Carolina softball program has a new face at the helm. Papa retired in May after the 2022 season, and the UNC Tar Heels looked within the family for Papa’s replacement. Megan Smith Lyon was hired in June and hit the ground running, already making work on the 2024 North Carolina softball roster. (Keeping It Heel)

Video: UNC Historian Freddie Kiger Spins Tar Heel Tales At Sutton's

Longtime University of North Carolina historian Freddie Kiger talks about the rich history of UNC and Olympic Sports at Carolina for an audience at Sutton's Drug Store in Chapel Hill. (View Video)

Ten Tar Heel Things To Watch In 2023-24

UNC's first day of classes is around the corner, and training camps and exhibition games have begun. The regular season arrives this week when the women's soccer team visits Penn State on Thursday. There's plenty of reason to be excited about UNC Athletics. Here are 10 things for Tar Heel fans to look forward to entering the 2023-24 academic year. (

Mateen James Named UNC Softball Assistant Coach

After serving as director of sports performance for the past two seasons, UNC softball head coach Megan Smith Lyon announced that Aquilla "Kiwi" Mateen James has been elevated to assistant coach. After graduating in 2016 from UNC with a degree in exercise and sports science, Mateen served as the volunteer assistant for the Tar Heels from 2016-18. (

Maddie Holub Named UNC Softball Pitching Coach

UNC Softball head coach Megan Smith Lyon named Maddie Holub as the program's new assistant coach on Friday. Holub will serve as the Tar Heels' pitching coach. Holub arrives at Carolina after five seasons as the pitching coach on Smith Lyons' staff at Marshall. "I'm extremely excited to be joining Coach Smith Lyon and Coach Lyon at UNC," Holub said. (

503 Tar Heels Named To ACC Academic Honor Roll

An all-time high 503 Tar Heels have been named to the 2022-23 ACC Academic Honor Roll, announced Friday by the league. It marks the first time in UNC history that the number has topped 500. The ACC Academic Honor Roll is comprised of varsity student-athletes who earned a grade point average of 3.0 or better during the 2022-23 academic year. (

UNC Takeover Day On ACC Network Saturday

If you enjoy watching UNC win a national championship, beat Duke and N.C. State, make history and work his magic, set your DVR for Carolina takeover day Saturday on the ACC Network. There are two wins over N.C. State on the schedule. One football game will be replayed. And four Tar Heel victories over Duke will air. (Tar Heel Tribune)

Fourteen Tar Heels Named to All-ACC Softball Academic Team

Tar Heels named to the 2023 All-ACC Softball Academic Team include Lilli Backes, Skyler Brooks, Kenna Raye Dark, Isabela Emerling, Caroline Fox, Lexi Godwin, Talia Hannappel, Kianna Jones, Kiersten Licea, Bailey McCachren, Destiny Middleton, Carlie Myrtle, Carsyn Snead, and Bri Stubbs. It's the second career honor for Brooks, Middleton, and Stubbs. (

Corey Lyons Joins UNC Softball Staff

North Carolina softball head coach Megan Smith Lyon announced the addition of assistant coach Corey Lyon to her staff on Tuesday afternoon. Lyon comes to UNC after spending the last five seasons as an assistant coach at Marshall. During his time in Huntington, where he served as the Herd's hitting coach, Marshall rewrote the offensive record book. (

Donna Papa reflects on career as UNC softball coach after retiring in May

As ’s time as UNC head softball coach has ended, she described her tenure as a challenge. "I was challenged every day to be better and to work and try to keep up with the people around me. I was challenged to be the best coach I could be and the best person I could be to my team. I’m going to miss the relationships more than anything." (Daily Tar Heel)
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