June 17, 2015
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Field Hockey Head Coach Shannon Soares introduced Meaghan Neylon as the program's assistant coach and Nick Hoffman as a volunteer assistant coach. Neylon joins the Hoyas after spending the previous two years with Longwood University and Hoffman comes to Georgetown from Adelaide, South Australia.
While at Longwood, Neylon was responsible for goalkeeper and midfield development, academic progress, recruitment of prospective student-athletes, team travel, budgeting and was responsible for film analysis. In Neylon's second year at Longwood, she developed sophomore goalkeeper, Lauren Bernard, into the only goalkeeper selected to the First-Team All-Conference in the Mid-American Conference. In addition, Neylon coached three other All-MAC selections in her two years at Longwood.
"I'm excited to welcome Meaghan to our Georgetown Field Hockey Family. I coached Meaghan for four years during my time at VCU and I believe she fully understands what we are trying to accomplish here on the Hilltop. She did a terrific job under two coaches I respect very much in Iain Byers and Mark Egner at Longwood and I look forward to her aiding in the development of our student-athletes."
Neylon was a member of the field hockey squad at VCU while Soares served as both an assistant and head coach. Neylon was a midfielder for the Rams from 2009-12 and was part of two squads that earned that second-most wins in school history (13) in 2010 and 2012, respectfully. During the 2012 season, Soares' first at the helm of the program, Neylon was a senior on that team and was part of the third-best turnaround in NCAA Division I field hockey.
Hoffman brings valuable international playing and coaching experience to Georgetown. He played for 27 years and competed in the premier league in Adelaide, Auckland, New Zealand and the Gold Coast. Hoffman represented South Australia in the National Country Championships from 2009-11 and was captain in 2013. He represented the Australian National Country side in 2012, participating in Thailand and Malaysia in the Asian Cup. In 2014, he was selected to the Australian National Country side for the New Zealand Tour. Hoffman has spent a majority of his time competing as an athlete, but also has experience coaching the women's side in Adelaide, South Australia in 2013.
"Nick's experiences as both a player and coach at the international level will no doubt allow us to compete at a higher level in one of the best conferences in the country," said Soares. "Nick's knowledge and experience will allow our student-athletes to gain an added understanding of the game, both tactically and technically. Please join me in welcoming Nick and his wife, Heidi to our Georgetown Field Hockey program."
The Georgetown field hockey team will begin the regular season on Aug. 28 when it welcomes Davidson to Multi-Sport Field.