Pippa Best joins the Lady Flames after competing at The Royal School Armagh and is the fourth Irish student-athlete in program history. Best competed for the Ulster U16 and U18 teams as well the Ireland U16 and U18 squads. Best also played for her school's first team for six years and was named captain five of the six seasons. While competing for her school, Best was named Player of the Year in her final season, 2014. While in school, Best partook in playing in the Lurgan Ladies Hockey Club, competing in the Premier League and Irish Hockey League. Best was a semifinalist in the Irish Senior Cup, 2013.
Not only does Best get it done on the field, she also excels in the classroom and is a well-known volunteer in her community. Her academic success helped garner a position as the school prefect. In the classroom, Best has passed eight GCSEs as well as three AS levels. In the community, Best can be found aiding at the Duke of Edinburgh youth council or volunteering for the World Police and Fire games.
Why did you choose Liberty? "I chose Liberty as the atmosphere of the entire campus was so friendly and welcoming and the people were so nice. Compared to universities I saw back in the UK, Liberty was just so different and unique, I felt at home as soon as I arrived. As I met the team/coaches and began talking to some of the girls, it was great to hear such wonderful stories and some of the opportunities Liberty has to offer."
What was your favorite part of visiting the campus? "Liberty's campus was unbelievable, the amount of facilities it has is crazy and the size of everything is just enormous. I think my favorite things about Liberty's campus were probably the dorms, as they were so homely and spacious. Also, I loved the field hockey club house and the changing rooms were pretty different compared to the ones we have in Northern Ireland! Also the entire campus was accessible within walking distance."
What are you looking forward to most about Liberty? "Coming to Liberty, I hope to be a starting player in every match and also perform at my full potential. I hope to learn new skills and make lots of new friends. I hope to gain more silverware with Liberty and play in some tough and competitive matches and win them of course! I also want to develop my Christian faith and help other people. I also aim do get a degree in nursing by the end of my four years at Liberty."
Head Coach Jodi Murphy on Best: "We are thrilled to welcome Pippa to our Liberty Field Hockey family. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Pippa throughout the recruitment process. She is a lovely girl. She is incredibly mature and has a very strong head on her shoulders. She knows what she wants on the field and in the classroom. Regarding hockey, she brings a wealth of international experience to our team. She is a creative, crafty player that will certainly compete for time either on the forward position or in the midfield. Her distribution skills and ability to see the field will be a huge asset to our program. I am looking forward to seeing Pippa shine during her time at Liberty."
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