July 12, 2011
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Former Iowa All-American Meghan Beamesderfer has been named assistant field hockey coach for the Hawkeyes, University of Iowa head field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum announced Tuesday.
"After spending four years in the program as a student-athlete, and one as an undergraduate assistant coach, it is an honor to be a part of this coaching staff," said Beamesderfer. "I have learned so many skills from Tracey (Griesbaum) and Lisa (Cellucci) and truly enjoy working with them.
"Having been a student at the University of Iowa and a member of the field hockey program, this position is special to me. The University of Iowa and all the traditions that come with being a Hawkeye are like no other place in the country. I am honored to be a part of it again."
"We are thrilled to have Meg back in our program," said Griesbaum. "She is a Hawkeye through-and-through. She left a lasting impression on this program as a student-athlete and now I am looking forward to working with her as part of the coaching staff. Meg's passion and work ethic did not go unnoticed as a student-athlete and now those qualities will be transferred into the coaching profession."
Beamesderfer has spent the last five seasons as a member of the Iowa program. After lettering from 2006-09, she spent the 2010 season as an undergraduate assistant coach.
A native of Lititz, Pa., she led Iowa to three-straight Big Ten Tournament titles (2006-08) and the 2008 NCAA Final Four. Beamesderfer was 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.
She received a bachelor's degree in speech and hearing sciences from Iowa (in Dec. 2010) and most recently worked as an emergency certified speech and language pathologist in Pennsylvania.