PISCATAWAY, N.J. (January 12, 2012) – Meredith Long has been named head coach of the Rutgers field hockey program, as announced by Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti. Long – a former high school All-American – spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach with the Scarlet Knights under Liz Tchou and was named the interim head coach following the season.
“Meredith possesses all of the qualities that we look for in head coaches to lead our student-athletes, including deep relationships in the sport as a coach and continuing player.” Pernetti said. “Our field hockey program will benefit greatly from Meredith’s passion, commitment, and desire to create an excellent environment within our program. She and I share the same championship vision for Rutgers field hockey.”
"I would like to thank Athletic Director Tim Pernetti for this great opportunity,” said Long. “I am thrilled to continue working with this team to build a winning tradition and culture as head coach. Being from New Jersey, Rutgers is home to me, and I am very excited to begin building a program around New Jersey's top talent."
In her first campaign with the Scarlet Knights, Long helped lead RU to its first BIG EAST Tournament appearance since the 2003 season. Prior to her time “On the Banks,” Long served as an assistant coach at Towson University in 2009, where her duties included overseeing recruiting and aiding in all aspects of the program.
Long began her coaching career as an assistant at the University of Vermont, contributing in every facet of the team, in addition to teaching classes at the university.
Long is also a member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFCA) – where she has coached for the Spirit of USA – and the United States Field Hockey Association (USFHA) – coaching the USFHA Futures program.
Long commenced her collegiate playing career at Boston University, earning a spot on the 2001 America East All-Rookie Team. She transferred to the University of Maryland and helped the Terrapins advance to the NCAA Final Four for three-straight seasons, including the 2005 ACC title and NCAA National Championship.