Meredith Civico - Head Camp Director
Meredith Civico enters her sixth season at the helm of the Rutgers field hockey program in 2017.
In 2016, Rutgers won nine games, and made their second appearance in the Big Ten Tournament. The team claimed its highest ranked victory in program history by defeating No. 15 Iowa. Senior Alyssa Bull was named Second Team All-Big Ten, while underclassmen Linde van Schaik (First Team) and Katie Larmour (Second Team) were named all-region selections.
In 2015, Rutgers won seven games under Civico’s leadership. Freshman Linde van Schaik had a breakthrough debut campaign, earning Second Team All-Big Ten and All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors.
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. Back Sofia Walia was honored for an excellent sophomore season, being named to the First Team Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Mid-Atlantic Region and Second Team All-Big Ten.
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.
Two of Civico's players earned postseason recognition from the 2013 campaign. Midfielder Sophie Wright and back Sofia Walia were each named to the 2013 All-BIG EAST Second Team and 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team.
In her debut year, Civico led the Scarlet Knights to a 9-10 overall record. Civico guided RU through six matchups against nationally-ranked opponents, highlighted by a thrilling 3-2 victory over No. 19 Albany in the season opener. The Scarlet Knights lost by a single goal on three occasions against ranked opponents.
Civico would also mentor the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, Alyssa Bull, in her inaugural season. Bull's accolade marked the first player in program history to receive the honor. Additionally, Bull and teammates Lisa Patrone, Carlie Rouh and Jenn Staab were named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team, while Bull and Patrone were named to the 2012 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team and Rouh was selected for the 2012 Division I Senior Game.
Under Civico's leadership, Rutgers had won at least nine games in three consecutive seasons for the first time since 1999.
Off the field, Civico's teams have been impressive in the classroom. Most recently, Sarah Regn was recognized as a Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship recipient.
In the 2016-17 academic year, RU had 12 players named to the Big Ten All-Academic Team, following having 13 representatives on that list the year before. The team had 15 members named to the 2016 ZAG Field Hockey / NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad, with two players (Nicole Imbriacco and Victoria Crans) named Scholars of Distinction for holding a cumulative GPA of 3.9 or higher.
In 2014, Rutgers had 11 members of the All-Big Ten Academic Team, with junior Nicole Imbriaco receiving recognition for her unblemished 4.0 cumulative GPA. The team recorded a 3.51 GPA, which was the highest among Rutgers' teams and fourth among the nation's field hockey squads. Sixteen members of the team were named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad.
Former Rutgers field hockey standout Lisa Patrone was tabbed the field hockey recipient of the 2013-14 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award. Rutgers has been well represented on the BIG EAST All-Academic team, with eighteen members named in 2012-13 and seventeen in 2013-14.
The Rutgers field hockey team received the 2012 Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Divison I National Academic Team Award as announced by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA), making them one of 63 teams recognized for achieving a team GPA of 3.0 or higher during the first semester of the 2012-13 academic year. RU was also honored with the 2012-13 Big East Team Academic Excellence Award for having the highest collective GPA (3.531) of any league team in its sport.
In addition to the team award, 13 Scarlet Knights were named to the 2012 Gladiator by SGI / NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad. To be named to the squad, student-athletes must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the first semester.
A highly decorated collegiate athlete at the University of Maryland, Civico continues to play field hockey competitively at the international stage and spent four years as a member of the USA Indoor National Squad. Most recently, Civico and Devon Freshnock participated in the USA Women's National Field Hockey Championship. In 2013 she and then-rising senior Lisa Patrone earned spots on the New Jersey regional team, and were three of the 108 athletes participating in the 2013 Women's National Championship in Norfolk, Va. Civico was also a member of the Senior Indoor Squad that won the ArminenTurnier RohrMax Cup after three days of competitive international play in Perchtoldsdorf, Austria in January 2013. The win marked the first-ever gold for the U.S. National Indoor team at the international level. She also competed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in a series of matches against competitors from Argentina, Argentina U19 and Uruguay.
Civico is currently the head coach for the U-16 National Indoor Team. She first assumed this position prior to the 2011-12 season.
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. Civico 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, Civico 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), was a member of the United States Field Hockey Association High Performance Mid-Atlantic team and was a high school All-American.
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.
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.