Posted On: November 15, 2017
CHAPEL HILL – Carolina volleyball is pleased to announce that incoming freshman Hadden LaGarde has accepted her admission to the University of North Carolina. She intends to enroll in January to begin training with the Tar Heels this spring. Signee and future classmate Ava Bell will join LaGarde in January, while the remainder of the incoming freshman class, including signees Destiny Cox and Lauren Harrison, will arrive next summer.
"We are delighted to have Hadden as part of a great recruiting class in 2018," said head coach Joe Sagula. "When I think of Hadden, I think of a lot of potential as a versatile athlete. She is long, with good hands, a solid blocker and moves well on the court. She is growing quickly in the game and she understands the game well. She is very well skilled for her size, and we look forward to developing her at the next level with our program."
A four-time all-conference selection at Carolina Friends School, LaGarde is a pin hitter from nearby Saxapahaw, North Carolina, who has played for Chapel Hill Area and Triangle volleyball clubs. A three-time all-state honoree, LaGarde was named 2016 EPIC Conference Player of the Year after leading CFS to EPIC runner-up and an eighth-place finish in the state. Named to "The 150" on PrepVolleyball.com's Senior Aces list as one of the top 250 recruits in the nation, LaGarde garnered Cougar Classic All-Tournament honors in 2015 and 2017.
"I really think she fits in well with our team as a high-level student-athlete," said Sagula. "She will work hard in the gym and be highly successful in the classroom."
No stranger to UNC, LaGarde is the daughter of former Tar Heel Tom LaGarde, who played men's basketball for Carolina from 1973-77 prior to a prolific career in the NBA, which included a world championship with the Seattle SuperSonics, and won a gold medal with Team USA at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.
"It is great to have another top local player become a member of our program," said Sagula. "She comes from a good family and one that has Tar Heel in its blood."