Meredith Civico - Head Camp Director
Meredith Civico enters her fourth season at the helm of the Rutgers field hockey program in 2015 after leading the Scarlet Knights to nine wins in each of her first three seasons.
Civico guided Rutgers into a new era in 2014, as the team joined the Big Ten Conference. The Scarlet Knights qualified for postseason play for the first time since 2010, reaching the Big Ten Conference Tournament by claiming two victories over Big Ten foes.
In 2013, Civico was responsible for leading the program to a 9-9 finish, the first. 500 record at season’s end for the program since 2008. The Scarlet Knights battled eight nationally ranked opponents, picking up a 1-0 win over No. 16 Drexel, and losing by just a single goal in five of those matchups.
A highly decorated collegiate athlete at the University of Maryland, Civico continues to play and coach field hockey competitively at the international stage and has been a member of the USA Indoor National Squad for three years. Most recently, she went with the USA Indoor National team to South Africa as an Assistant Coach with the team for the Four Nations Cup in Durban. She has also competed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in a series of matches against competitors from Argentina and Uruguay.
Prior to being appointed head coach in January of 2012, Civico served as interim head coach for two months and was an assistant coach with the Scarlet Knights for two seasons. The former high school All-American enjoyed success in her first season on staff for the Scarlet Knights, helping secure a trip to the 2010 BIG EAST Tournament, the program’s first appearance since 2003.
Civico spent the 2009 season as an assistant coach at Towson University, aiding in all aspects of the program. She oversaw recruiting, helped in tracking academic progress of student-athletes, and helped to coordinate team travel, among other duties.
Before her stay with the Tigers, Civico was an assistant for three seasons at the University of Vermont. She contributed on every facet of the team, from recruiting and scouting to the development of players. In addition, Long also taught several classes at Vermont.
Civico 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, helping the Terrapins advance to the NCAA Final Four for three-straight seasons, including the 2005 ACC title and the 2005 NCAA National Championship.
Civico was a member of the NFHCA/Styx Academic All-American team in 2003 and earned a spot on the ACC Honor Roll during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 campaigns. Civico graduated from Maryland in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy.
While at Ocean City High School, Civico played on three state championship teams (1998-2000), and was a member of the United States Field Hockey Association High Performance Mid-Atlantic team.
Civico is a member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) and the United States Field Hockey Association (USFHA). In addition, she has been the head coach for the USFHA Futures Elite Program and the Mid-Atlantic Futures Elite Academy Site.
Joey Civico, Director
Originally from Sheffield, England, Joey crossed the pond in the summer of 2010. And now you have Mid-Jersey Knights.
A USAFH Level III qualified coach, the highest level of coach attainable in the US, Joey constantly seeks to improve the level of hockey in this country through his work in Division 1 colleges, with USA boys East Coast High Performance, with USA Young Women's High Performance and now with Mid-Jersey Knights FHC.
Most recently he was the Performance Director at Lafayette College, a post he held having previously been the Associate Head Coach at Fairfield University, a program he helped guide to the best record in its history (while at the same time completing his masters). Joey brings years of not only Division 1 college coaching experience, but also international experience. He has played in England and in Spain and was the Head Coach at Wapping Hockey Club before moving to the US and is currently completing his Level III coaching qualification with England Hockey. He is also a certified specialist goalkeeping coach.
He is the co-director of Mid-Jersey Knights FHC.
Lauren Burke enters her third season with Rutgers in 2016. She assists with all aspects of the program and also coaches with Mid-Jersey Knights FHC.
Burke joined the Scarlet Knights’ staff after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Sacred Heart (Conn.). Prior to her time at Sacred Heart, Burke was a graduate assistant at Robert Morris University for the 2011 season, contributing in all aspects of the program.
Burke has served as a United States Field Hockey Association (USFHA) Futures Coach since 2007. She has spent time coaching Level 1, U19 and U16 programs. Burke holds a Level 2 USFHA accreditation and has selected at the New York State Regional Tournament, which hosts the best high school players in the region and prepares them for the Olympic track.
A 2009 graduate of Vermont, Burke was a four-year letterwinner for the Catamounts. Burke has a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education with a concentration on exercise and sport science from Vermont and earned her Master of Science in instructional leadership in sports management from Robert Morris in 2012.
Roland Peekel enters his sixth season with the Rutgers field hockey staff and fifth under head coach Meredith Civico in 2016. Peekel brings international experience with him as both a coach and a player.
With Rutgers, Peekel covers an array of tasks, including individual training sessions and video analysis. Peekel also coaches with Mid-Jersey Knights Field Hockey Club.
Before coming to the United States Peekel spent two years with Hockey Club Vlissingen as the field hockey coordinator. In addition to coaching athletes ages 10-26, the Dordrecht, Netherlands native was responsible for the Youth Development Plan, as well as hosting and chairing the monthly meetings for trainers. Peekel spent two years playing for the club on the men’s team as a center midfielder.
Peekel received certificates in KNHB trainer/coach A, as well as a youth trainer coach course.
A goalkeeping specialist, Maddy is an assistant coach with Rutgers and with Mid-Jersey Knights FHC. She works with the goalkeepers and uses her extensive experience in college and international hockey to coach high-level skills to goalkeepers of all ages.
A native of Ridgefield, Conn., Sposito was a three-year starting goalkeeper at Fairfield, and one of the best in their history. She tallied 23 career wins, 271 career saves and a save percentage of .708. As a senior, she posted a career-high three shutouts, 95 saves and earned a spot on the America East All-Championship Squad. During her junior campaign, she ranked as high as 10th in the national field hockey rankings with a goals against average of 1.27. Sposito graduated from Fairfield in 2013.
Maddy competed with the U.S. National Indoor Team for the second consecutive year in 2014. She allowed no goals in her game-time for the U.S. National Team in a 7-1 win over Canada.