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Meiburger Named Loyola Women's Soccer Head Coach
Feb. 6, 2014
BALTIMORE - Naomi Meiburger has been named the fifth head coach in the 22-year history of Loyola University Maryland women's soccer, announced Jim Paquette, the Greyhounds' assistant vice president and director of athletics.
Meiburger recently completed her 11th year at Georgetown where she has served as the women's soccer program's associate head coach for the last three seasons. She helped the Hoyas reach the NCAA Women's College Cup for the second year in a row, 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."
This season, 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 holds a 3.4 cumulative grade point average through the fall semester.
Meiburger started her tenure at Georgetown in 2003 as an assistant coach, and she 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 in recent years, and she 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 has 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.
Meiberger graduated cum laude from George Mason with a bachelor of arts in English in 2003, and she is currently finishing her master's degree in sports industry management from Georgetown.
Meiburger currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, Joe, an engineer for a local consulting firm.