Kacie Albert, from Oxford, N.C., a four-year starter of the University of North Carolina’s Fencing Team, was elected Captain of the Epee Squad for two of those seasons. She qualified for NCAA Fencing Regionals several times and was selected to participate twice in Veteran Leaders, the highest level of training in the Baddour Carolina Leadership Academy.
In addition to being a standout collegiate fencer and team leader, Albert was a CREED Mentor, counseling and guiding first-year athletes. As one of the 2014 Athletic Director’s Scholar Athlete Award recipients, Kacie was also recognized as one of the top five Graduating Female Athletes in the 2014 UNC Athletics Program.
Kacie graduated with a double major. Her first major was within the Sports Administration Track in the Department of Exercise and Sports Science and her second major was in Journalism and Mass Communication, Public Relations. Kacie also found the time to complete an Honors Thesis, enabling her to graduate with highest honors. Her thesis was entitled, “A Content Analysis of Gender Bias in Collegiate Fencing Coverage, 2011-2013.” Kacie made the Dean’s list seven times, was on the ACC Academic Honor Role 3 times, and was a member of Kappa Tau Alpha and Phi Beta Kappa.
Kacie plans to work for a few years in the sport communication field and then return to school to obtain a Master Degree in the Law-Sport Administration Dual Program, [hopefully] at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Kacie said it is difficult to pick “just one” memorable moment, as all four years at Carolina were “truly magical”. But one stand-out moment occurred when sitting in the players’ tunnel at the Duke game that had been rescheduled due to snow. Yes, it does occasionally snow in the southern part of heaven, but then again, that was up in Duke territory! Kacie will treasure forever the lifelong friends she made while here at Carolina.