|Title:||Class of 2017|
|Organization:||Field Hockey and Softball|
Nickie Hunter was a key member of the field hockey and softball teams during the beginning of the NEW8 era for both programs. She had an impressive senior campaign that will be hard to emulate.
Her fall season began with an outstanding field hockey season that featured a 17-0 record, including 14 shutouts and only 3 goals allowed, heading into the NCAA tournament where she made 20 of 21 stops in a 1-0 loss to William-Smith. She followed it up by batting .414 for the 1993 softball team.
For her field hockey efforts, Nickie garnered NEW8 All-Conference and CFHCA regional accolades, as well as an invitation to the CFHCA North/South Senior All-Star Game. Academically, she was feted by the NEW8 and was named a CFHCA National Academic All-American. She was also the 1992–93 Varsity Club Award recipient.
Over the span of four years, the field hockey program won three regular season crowns and three tournament titles, and went to four NCAA tournaments. In addition to the 1992 squad, the 1990 team enjoyed an undefeated regular season.
“As a goalie in field hockey, she often had to work on her own, with just the assistant coach or other goalies,” recalled former field hockey and softball head coach Judy Soderlund. “Even if she thought no one was looking, she always gave her all. She became the best goalie that I ever had the privilege to coach. A week after her last NCAA Tournament game in New York, coaches from every competing region in the country who had seen her called to tell me what a fantastic goalie she was.”
The middle infielder served as a three-year captain and was tabbed as a 1993 At-Large All-American. The Engineers shared the regular season title and won the NEW8 Tournament in 1991—the first winning season in nearly a decade. Two years later, the Crimson and Gray won the regular season outright and defeated Wheaton and Worcester State for the first time.
“In softball, again she was tireless,” continued Soderlund. “She was asked to play both shortstop and second base. She would make diving plays, turning in many double plays. Her effort, leadership, and willingness to learn along with her teammates were major factors in turning around a losing team to—in a few short years—winning the conference championship.”
Nickie received her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1993, became licensed as a professional engineer in 1998, earned an MBA in 1999 from New Hampshire College, and has worked for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation in the Bureau of Construction for 22 years. For the last 10 years she has served as district construction engineer in the southeast region of New Hampshire, overseeing 15 projects in the Southeast/Seacoast area of the state, including the $200 million Newington-Dover Spaulding Turnpike reconstruction projects. Past projects include oversight of the award-winning Hampton Open Road Tolling project on I-95 and award-winning Memorial Bridge Project in Portsmouth, N.H., and Kittery, Maine.
Nickie is a youth leader for her hometown church in Melvin Village, N.H., plays the trumpet, and is a proud aunt of her twin sister’s children, Noah and Anna.