The seventh ranked Iowa field hockey team (2-1) travels west this weekend taking on UC Davis, No. 8 Stanford, and Pacific.
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Meghan Beamesderfer is in her third year as an assistant coach at Iowa in 2014.
Beamesderfer has spent seven of the last eight seasons as a member of the Iowa program. After lettering from 2006-09, she spent the 2010 season as an undergraduate assistant coach before serving as an assistant coach in 2011 and 2012.
Beamesderfer was a member of the 2013-14 U.S. Women's National Squad.
Beamesderfer helped lead Iowa to its second-straight and 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012, guiding the team to a 14-7 overall record and a No. 14 NFHCA national ranking. Five Hawkeyes earned All-Big Ten recognition under Beamesderfer's watch and four players garnered regional All-America recognition, including two players -- Jessica Barnett and Kathleen McGraw -- who earned second team All-America nods.
In 2011, she helped coach Iowa to its 21st NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. The Hawkeyes finished 15-5 overall and finished the season ranked 12th nationally. Beamesderfer coached three All-Big Ten honorees and four regional All-Americans, including Barnett, who earned the program's 81st national All-America honor.
Beamesderfer also has national coaching experience, as she coached in the U.S.A. Field Hockey Future's Program in the summer of 2011.
Beamesderfer resumed her playing career in the summer of 2011, competing in the U.S.A. Women's National Championships for the Midwest High Performance Team. She was selected to the U.S.A. National Developmental Squad at the conclusion of the tournament. In 2013, Beamesderfer played for the U.S. Women's National Team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A native of Lititz, Pa., Beamesderfer led Iowa to three-straight Big Ten Tournament titles (2006-08) and the 2008 NCAA Final Four. She finished her career as a two-time All-American, a four-time regional All-American and a three-time All-Big Ten honoree.
In 2006, she was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. As a senior in 2009, she led the team in goals (10) and defensive saves (four) and was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Beamesderfer, who started all 84 career games played, was also a team captain and MVP.
Beamesderfer received a bachelor's degree in speech and hearing sciences from Iowa in December 2010.