PISCATAWAY, N.J. (June 10, 2014) – Rutgers field hockey has added Lauren Burke as an assistant coach, head coach Meredith Long announced Tuesday. Burke joins the Scarlet Knights’ staff after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Sacred Heart (Conn.). At RU, her main responsibility will be overseeing recruiting efforts, as well as assisting in all other aspects of the program.
“Having known Lauren for a number of years, I know that we’re getting a coach with an unbelievable amount of energy and enthusiasm,” said Long. “She’s going to be a huge asset to us all and I’m excited she decided to join us at RU.”
“This is a dream for me,” said Burke. “Joining Rutgers just as it enters the Big Ten, and having the chance to work with Coach Long is thrilling beyond words. I look at the amazing facilities, the academic support - the sheer size of the school - and I realize how ‘big’ Rutgers is. For me to be part of that and to have the opportunity to contribute to the success of the university is so exciting. I am so happy to be here.”
Burke spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons with the Pioneers, where she helped in all facets including defensive strategy, recruiting and operations. At SHU, Burke implemented practice plans, tactical and technical development, game day operations, and fostered connections with alumni, parents and the university.
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. While at Robert Morris, Burke coached for the Venom Field Hockey Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Mahopac, New York, native also has previous head coaching experience, taking over the helm of the Somers High School varsity field hocking team from August 2010 to June 2011.
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. While leading Vermont to its best three seasons in program history, Burke was named a senior captain in 2008 and a 2006 America East All-Tournament Team player. Burke also achieved success in the classroom earning a spot on the America East Academic Honor Roll from 2006-2009. Long was an assistant coach for the Catamounts from 2006-08.
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.
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