PISCATAWAY, N.J. (December 21, 2012) Rutgers field hockey head coach Meredith Long and assistant coach Wesley Drew were tabbed as two of twelve members named to the Senior Women’s National Indoor Team selected to participate in the RohrMax Cup in Vienna, Austria, January 4-6, as announced by the Team USA offices Tuesday. The tournament will feature teams from Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, exposing the U.S. to a variety of different playing styles.
“I am absolutely thrilled for Wesley and I to play alongside each other at the international level,” said Long. “This is such a great opportunity to represent our country and to experience a high level of competition. I’m excited for what we'll be able to take away from this experience and for what we'll be able to bring back to the Rutgers team.”
Long was named head coach of the Rutgers field hockey program in January of this year, and led the Scarlet Knights to a 9-10 season, falling just short of a BIG EAST Championship berth. RU faced six nationally ranked opponents, and kicked off the season against No. 19 Albany, taking down the Great Danes, 3-2. In Long’s first season at the helm, she headed the development of Rutgers’ first player in program history to be named BIG EAST Rookie of the year in freshman Alyssa Bull (Oakville, Ontario).
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.
Drew, a first-year assistant, arrived “On the Banks” after experience as both an assistant coach and a standout from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Prior to her arrival to the Scarlet Knights program, Drew had a two-year stint as an assistant coach at her alma mater, assisting in all aspects of the Tribe’s program.
Before her coaching days, Drew was a dominant four-year member of the Tribe’s field hockey team from 2006-2009. As a two-time team captain and two-time MVP, she tied for third in school history in career assists with 19 and was a National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA)/Longstretch All-South Region Second Team selection in 2009. Among her other achievements, she was a NCAA Division I Senior All- Star Game selection in 2009 and a two-time VA-SID All-State selection in 2008 and 2009.
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