Melisa Meccage enters her 12th season as an assistant coach with the Princeton field hockey program. Meccage joined the coaching staff in 2003 after two seasons as an assistant coach at Iowa. Meccage also played for the Hawkeyes, where she was a teammate of Princeton head coach Kristen Holmes-Winn.
In 11 seasons at Princeton, Meccage has helped lead the Tigers to 10 Ivy League titles and nine NCAA tournament appearances. Princeton is 145-62 overall during that span with a 73-4 Ivy League record. The Tigers won the program and Ivy League's first national championship in 2012, while finishing as a national semifinalist in 2009 and a national quarterfinalist on four other occasions.
In two seasons as an assistant at Iowa, Meccage helped guide the Hawkeyes to an overall record of 24-13. Prior to returning to her alma mater in 2001, Meccage spent a season as an assistant coach at Virginia, where she helped the Cavaliers to a 14-8 mark and an appearance in the NCAA tournament.
Before that, Meccage was the head instructional coach at St. Mary's Hall in San Antonio, Texas, where she was responsible for the development and instruction of the varsity, junior varsity and middle school teams.
Meccage was a two-time All-America honoree during her playing career with the Hawkeyes. At the end of her senior season, she was named the 1997 Big Ten Field Hockey Athlete of the Year and was also a two-time first-team All-Big Ten performer.
In 1997, Meccage was named to the U.S. National Team and won a bronze medal with the Under-21 National Team at the Junior Pan-American games. After graduation she traveled to Argentina to play with the Club Universitario de Argentina de Tucuman while also serving as an assistant coach.
A native of Palmyra, Pa., Meccage is a member of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. She is married to former Iowa baseball player Jeremy Meccage, who works as an assistant coach for the Princeton baseball team and is President of Zag Sports, Inc., an international sports touring company.