Rigg Named Field Hockey Head Coach

FARMVILLE, Va. – Miranda Rigg was announced as the 10th head coach in the illustrious history of Longwood field hockey, the athletic department announced on Thursday.

Rigg joined the Lancer staff as an assistant this past spring after coaching stops at La Salle, James Madison and Mary Washington in addition to an illustrious playing career that features international experience, caps for the national team and an decorated collegiate career. In addition, she has coached for multiple years at the club level.

Now, she brings those lessons learned to a Longwood field hockey program that is coming off its most successful season since joining the Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC) following a run to the tournament championship game in November.

“I am excited for Miranda as she takes over our field hockey program here at Longwood,” said associate athletic director Austin Shaver. “She had a phenomenal career as a player and I believe is at the beginning of what will be a great career as a head coach. She knows Longwood and this team, which puts her in a great position to build off the foundation laid by Iain and the momentum within the program.”

Rigg spent the spring with the Lancers, learning under former head coach Iain Byerswho stepped down as the head coach earlier in the summer as the winningest coach in program history.

She came to Longwood from La Salle University in the Atlantic 10, where she served as an assistant, and she also was a coach at the Mainline Mayhem Field Hockey Club at the same time.

That experience came on the heels of her USA Field Hockey Women’s National Team experience from 2020 to 2021. During her time as an athlete with the national team, she earned two caps while playing in the 2020-21 World Championships. In addition, she finished ninth in the FIN pro league. When she was not competing for Team USA, she worked as a volunteer assistant at Mary Washington.

She began her coaching career while still in school at James Madison, where she served as a student assistant. Her coaching experience began after a playing career that saw her go down as one of the top players in JMU history. She finished eighth all-time in goals scored and seventh all-time in points. She was a three-time All-CAA First Team selection, a three-time preseason All-CAA Team selection and a two-time CAA All-Tournament selection. She was named to the NFHCA First Team All-South Region once while earning a pair of NFHCA Second Team All-South Region honors.

“I am excited for this opportunity to continue to be able to be a part of the Lancer family and lead the Lancer field hockey program,” Rigg said. “I would like to thank Austin and the rest of the Longwood Athletics Department leadership and staff for believing in me and my vision for this program. Iain has done an amazing job growing this program over the years, and he has been and will continue to Be a mentor for me. After spending the spring with this team, I believe we have tremendous potential. I am excited to start getting to work for this fall season and be back in action on the field very soon.”

The Lancers advanced to the MAC Championship game for the first time since joining the league, and the team returns 17 players from the team. The team opens the season at Queens on Friday, August 26 before hosting Richmond on Sunday, August 28 at noon for its home opener.


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