Loyola University Maryland women's soccer fell to Bucknell University, 2-1, in Patriot League action on October 1, 2014. Jess Soldiviero scored for the Greyhounds.
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Meet new women's soccer head coach Naomi Meiburger
Loyola women's soccer hosted Lafayette on Saturday, Sept. 19.
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Loyola women's soccer hosted DePaul on Sunday, August 31, 2014.
In her first year at the helm of the Greyhounds’ squad, Meiburger guided Loyola to its first-ever Patriot League Tournament match, facing the United States Naval Academy in the quarterfinals of the 2014 tournament.
That year, Meiburger coached three all-conference players, including All-Patriot League First Team defender Kelly Santangelo. Goalkeeper Colleen Folan and forward Charlotte Miller were named to the second team, while the Greyhounds went on to earn NSCAA academic honors with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.31. Folan went on to garner second-team All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors, after posting the second-longest active shutout streak in NCAA Division I women’s soccer, second to UCLA, the 2013 NCAA National Champion.
Prior to her position at Loyola, Meiburger completed 11 seasons at Georgetown where she served as the women's soccer associate head coach for the last three seasons. She helped the Hoyas reach the NCAA Women's College Cup for two-straight seasons and the team finished 2013 with a 16-3-2 record.
"Naomi stood out from a strong pool of candidates as someone from a University with shared Jesuit core values who we want to lead our women's soccer program," Paquette said. "She has been a integral part of a highly successful Georgetown program, and will be a terrific mentor and role model for our student-athletes."
In 2013, Georgetown had an RPI as high as fourth and finished 10th in the computer metrics. She also helped coordinate the academics for a Hoyas team that held a 3.4 cumulative grade-point average through the fall semester.
Meiburger started her tenure at Georgetown in 2003 as an assistant coach, and was promoted to associate head coach in January 2011 after the Hoyas' run to the NCAA Quarterfinals.
"I am thrilled to join the Loyola community, one that values education, athletic excellence and a quality student experience," Meiburger said. Certainly my tenure at Georgetown has been instrumental in preparing me professionally and personally for this transition. I would be remiss if I did not thank (Georgetown Head Coach) Dave (Nolan) for his guidance and mentorship in my career.
"Jim (Paquette) has a great vision for Loyola Athletics, and I am excited and thankful for his trust in my abilities to lead this program. Teddi (Burns), Jim and the search committee have worked tirelessly in this process and I appreciate their thoughtfulness, patience and diligence. I am honored to lead Loyola women's soccer into the future and am excited to begin working with team."
She worked specifically with the Hoyas' goalkeepers and defenders, and she was instrumental in the development of National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas Mid-Atlantic Region All-America goalkeeper Jackie DesJardin (2007-2010). Under Meiburger's leadership, DesJardin and the Georgetown defense ranked 42nd out of 325 NCAA Division I teams in goals against average (0.809) in 2010.
In 2012, when Georgetown finished as BIG EAST Conference Regular-Season Champions, the Hoyas' defense moved up to 29th in goals against average (0.71), and they were 25th this past season with a 0.708 mark. Georgetown earned at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament in three of the last four years, advancing to the quarterfinals in 2010 and the second round in 2012 and 2013.
"First, let me say how excited everyone at Georgetown is for Naomi and this wonderful opportunity at Loyola," said Dave Nolan, Georgetown Head Women's Soccer Coach. "She is very deserving of the chance to lead their program and I personally am very happy for her. Naomi is an excellent coach and has all the attributes needed to be a top college coach, but more importantly she is an even better person. The success we have had over the last 7-8 years would never have been possible without her and I believe she will lead the program at Loyola to future success both on and off the field."
Meiburger oversaw the coordination of the Hoyas' recruiting efforts,and helped the coaching staff secure two NSCAA top-25 recruiting classes (2008 and 2010) and another (2007) that was ranked in the top 50.
"Naomi quickly rose to the top of our candidate pool as a coach who will make an immediate impact on our women's soccer program," said Teddi Burns, Loyola's associate athletic director and senior women's administrator who chaired the search process. "Her core values are ones that we share here at Loyola. Many people who we talked to about Naomi spoke about her work ethic, strong regional recruiting ties and integrity. Those are things that we appreciated when meeting with her throughout the interview process."
In addition to her duties with Georgetown, Meiburger coached in the Washington, D.C., club programs for the Bethesda Soccer Club and the McLean Soccer Club.
Meiburger, who earned her NSCAA Premier Coaching Diploma in 2010, started working in the coaching field immediately after concluding a standout career as a goalkeeper at George Mason University.
She was a NSCAA Regional All-America First Team goalkeeper in 2002, a year she also earned Regional All-America honors from Soccer Buzz. She was named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association First Team in 2002 for the Patriots.
Meiburger graduated cum laude from George Mason with a bachelor of arts in English in 2003, and earned her master's degree in sports industry management from Georgetown in 2014.
Meiburger currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, Joe, an engineer for a local consulting firm.
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