23 Tanya Puccio
23 Tanya Puccio
Height: 5-6
Year: JR
Hometown: Moorpark, Calif.
High School: Moorpark
Position: B
Major: Double: Biology/Hispanic Studies
  • "I made VWC my top choice because I loved the area, the school, and the people I met when I came to visit. I was looking for a school with small class sizes and a fun atmosphere and I found everything I was looking for in Virginia Wesleyan, and of course for field hockey."
  • Selected VWC over University of California, Davis, Oberlin College, University of the Pacific, and University of California, Santa Barbara

VWC Career Statistics

Year GP GSGoals Assists Points Shots
2011 166 4 2 10 18

Season Highlights


  • Scored a season-high two goals in a 7-0 victory over Indiana's Trine University
  • Highest scoriring rookie for VWC in 2011 with four goals and two assists
  • Named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors Academic All-Virginia team


  • Scored solo goals against Misericordia and Sweet Briar

Collegiate Accomplishments

  • Batten Scholar
  • Four-time Dean's List Honoree
  • Posted a 4.00 GPA in Fall 2011 and Winter Session 2013
  • Owns a current 3.888 GPA

Prep Accolades

  • Competed in field hockey, track & field, and tennis
  • 2011 Field Hockey Federation Female Athlete of the Year
  • 2011 National Futures Tournament participant
  • Captain of Camarillo Cougars Field Hockey Team 2009-2011
  • 2008 Moorpark MVP in shot put and discus


  • Daughter of Merrilee and Daniel Puccio; parents attended University of Southern California
  • Enjoys country music and the TV show "Say Yes to the Dress" 
  • A fan of tennis player Maria Sharapova and actress Rachel McAdams
  • Favorites include the book, "Water for Elephants" and the movie, "A Walk to Remember"
  • Self-description in 10 words or less: "I'm busy, organized, hardworking, fun-loving, and happy."
  • My favorite aspect of being an athlete is: "the teamwork and the feeling of being able to contribute to a team."
  • The part of my game I've improved the most is: "being able to greatly improve my skillwork and shooting techniques."
  • My personal athletic goal at VWC is: "to be able to contribue to the field hockey team and eventually win some titles in the next few years! I also plan on helping the track team by improving my distances in shot put and discus."
  • If I could spend a day with one famous person it would be: "Rosalind Franklin because she was one of the first scientists to nearly discover the form of DNA."
  • If I could participate in a reality show it would be: "Wipeout! I actually tried out for the show and I made it past the first round but didn't get a call back. It just seems like a lot of fun."
  • If I could possess one superpower it would be: "flying. It seems amazing to not be tied down by roads or waterways; you could go anywhere you want."
  • People might be surprised to know: "I am a closet book worm! I just got an Amazon Kindle and I read it whenever I get the chance!"
  • It's the year 2025 and: "I will hopefully have a job at Amgen or some other biological company and I'll either be doing research or creating medicine or something similar to that."
  • The most important advice I've received is: "Most people's opinions don't really matter." --Dad