Becky Henn was voted the Daily Record/Sunday News' player of the year by YAIAA coaches for Division III field hockey. That should not be a surprise, considering she led Delone Catholic to its best season in recent memory for the sport. What could be a surprise is that she hopes to play collegiately in rugby, not field hockey.
Henn explained how she got into that sport and more in a Q&A:
How did you get involved with rugby?
I think I was around the age of 5 or 6. My dad used to work at Lowe's. These rugby kids came in with their parents, and they talked to my dad about it.
It just became a part of my life. I couldn't stop. I loved it.
Were you hooked from the beginning?
I guess so. I was really young. I played a lot of sports, but rugby I loved from the beginning.
How is it similar to field hockey?
They're both very physical sports. A lot of people don't think field hockey is that physical, but there's a lot of camaraderie, too.
What do you like about rugby?
Rugby is so different. Honestly, my team is my family. I love them.
How did the process of possibly going to Penn State develop?
When I was younger, seventh grade, I met the Penn State rugby coach. It's been a dream of mine to go there.
What would be your major?
You sound more sure of the minor.
It's always been a calling of mine. Through this leadership program, IAD (Institute of Athletic Development) and TLA (Training Leaders Through Athletics), I'm in, it was like a Bible camp for people with mental disabilities and it changed my life.
If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be?
Oh gosh. Definitely Ghandi. Dead or alive? John Lennon. I don't know a third one ... President Lincoln.
He's such a peaceful man and he spoke out for what he believed in.
What's your can't miss show right now?
American Horror Story.
If your family won the lottery, what's the first thing you'd do?
I honestly have no idea. Probably pay house bills, I don't know.
What is your favorite hobby outside of field hockey -- or rugby?
I actually really love art. I love to paint and draw. I love poetry, too.
What's the best thing about field hockey?
The best thing about field hockey to me is I've started four years with the same girls, and this year was our year to shine. We pulled together and didn't back down. Everyone prepared themselves mentally and physically. With the coaches, my dad (coach John Henn) and coach Julie Kuhn, everyone together -- that was the best part of field hockey.
Field hockey or rugby?
I've played both of them my whole entire life -- and since it depends on college -- if Penn State will have me as a player, it'd be that (rugby). But if that doesn't work out maybe I'd try to walk on with a field hockey team. They both have a special place in my heart.
Tell me about the improvements the program has made since you've been there. What are you proud of?
Ever since Coach Julie came, my dad's relaxed. He didn't know too much about field hockey and Coach Julie brought some order. My dad could make good motivational speeches. To see them, as opposites, come together and work so well -- plus with Delone's reputation of past years, it's hard to keep your head up -- but our coaches made us believe. It's definitely been the coaches, and with the girls being so committed.
Do you take pride in your ability to dish out assists? (Twenty this year.)
Honestly, not really. I don't notice them. It's more about where you place yourself, and you know to take it whether it's for yourself or your teammates who are in position. You've got to make them succeed.
What will you most remember about this season?
My coaches and my teammates. I couldn't ask for a better senior year. I'll never forget my dad coaching or Coach Julie, and all they brought to the table.
What's playing for your dad like?
We butt heads. But that's obvious. It happens every once in a while. Growing up, we've gotten along a lot better, but my dad's my best friend. I love having him as a coach.