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Marcy finds her place in the DHS Hall of Fame

By From page A1 | August 28, 2014

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Marcy Place Sheehan, a Davis High School graduate, will be inducted into the DHS Hall of Fame on Sept. 13. Courtesy photo


What: Davis High School Hall of Fame induction dinner for Doug Arnold, Rachel Moore, Paul Ochs, Marcy Place Sheehan and Wanda Winton

When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13

Where: ARC Ballroom, UC Davis

Tickets: $65 per person, or a table of 10 may be reserved for a $1,000 sponsorship; in addition, locals are asked to thank a teacher by donating the cost of a ticket

RSVPs: Due Sept. 6; visit www.dhsblueandwhite.org or call 530-681-5020

* Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a five-part series of stories profiling this year’s inductees into the Davis High School Hall of Fame.

“I’ve hit the trifecta,” former world-class athlete Marcy Place Sheehan says with a chuckle.

Already a member of the Cal Sports Hall of Fame and inducted twice into the U.S. Field Hockey Association shrine (as an individual and a member of the 1984 Olympic team), Sheehan is about to join four others in the seventh class of the Blue & White Foundation’s Davis High School Hall of Fame.

“I was thrilled,” Sheehan said after receiving the news. “It’s fantastic. My mom (Dorothy) still lives in town, I have a lot of friends there and I still feel so invested in the community. It’s a nice honor.”

Sheehan also thanked the induction-ceremony organizers for their “first-class approach” to the September festivities: “Of all these halls of fame, this seems to be the most extravagant. All the thought they’ve put into it …”

Sheehan (then Marcy Place) was a member of the Denise Curry-era Blue Devil basketball teams that reinvented how administrators and fans looked at girls sports in the mid-1970s.

At the same time, Sheehan was helping put field hockey on the map.

After her 1977 graduation from DHS, Sheehan went on to Cal and honed her sport to the point that she became a member of the 1984 Olympic field hockey squad.

In Los Angeles that year, Sheehan and Company earned a bronze medal and eventual entry into the sport’s U.S. Hall of Fame.

Another Olympic appearance came in 1988 (Seoul, South Korea) right after the Americans won a world championship and captured a Pan American Games silver medal.

When her playing days were over, Sheehan turned to coaching as a pastime and commercial real estate for a career.

Eventually she met her husband Paul and the couple, married 20 years, lives in Lafayette.

Sons Will (ex-Oregon Duck) and Nick (Cal) are accomplished lacrosse players. In fact, Nick was a freshman on-field All-American last year and a current academic All-American.

Sheehan also has a stepdaughter, Lauren.

Now Sheehan has turned to her second career — teaching and mentoring at Mt. Diablo High (Concord).

“My forum is my students,” says Sheehan, who coaches tennis and teaches biology at the Title I school (a facility that receives extra federal funding because of high numbers of low-income-family students). “We put a lot of energy into trying to make these kids successful. I love it. I love the results.”

For her accomplishments, Sheehan joins American Ballet Theatre CEO Rachel Moore, former DHS counselor/coach Paul Ochs, Davis businessman and Blue Devil devotee Doug Arnold and dedicated volunteer Wanda Winton as Hall of Fame inductees.

The induction ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the ARC Ballroom on the UC Davis campus.

Over the years, Sheehan has held national to local coaching positions, inspiring and motivating athletes. She has helped many athletes with their goal of playing at the collegiate level — including more than a dozen from Davis High.

So what advice does a successful field hockey player the stature of someone like Sheehan have for aspiring high school athletes?

“First and foremost, you do it because you love it,” she believes. “Anything that comes because of your love for sports is just icing on the cake.”

Sheehan says too many times parents — in sports like lacrosse, for example — are asking, “What can it do for kids down the road?”

“People have lost sight of playing for the love of the game,” Sheehan concludes.

Marcy Place loved her sports while growing up in Davis, and you see where that got her …

— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at [email protected] or 530-320-4456.

Bruce Gallaudet

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