Coaching Staff

Michael Boal

Michael Boal

Associate Head Coach

Michael Boal is in his first year as associate head coach at the University of Iowa in 2014.

Boal most recently worked at James Madison, where he joined the staff as associate head coach in July of 2013. He was named interim head coach in October of 2013, and served in that role for the remainder of the 2013 season, leading the Dukes to a 4-2 finish and a tie for third in the Colonial Athletic Association. Boal also served as an assistant coach for the Dukes during the 2010 season, coaching goalkeepers and playing a key role in recruiting efforts.

In between his two stops at James Madison, Boal spent two seasons as the associate head coach at Virginia, helping lead the Cavaliers to the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

The Sunderland, England, native served as the assistant director of hockey at Durham University in the United Kingdom prior to coaching at the NCAA Division I level. He was responsible for the coaching and development of both men's and women's performance groups, recruiting across Europe, match preparation, video analysis, and conducting coaching and evaluation sessions for all 16 intramural college teams.

At Durham University Boal assisted Gavin Featherstone, a renowned double Olympic and World Cup head coach for the USA and South Africa field hockey teams. They led the men's and women's teams at Durham to top-10 rankings amongst United Kingdom universities, and won National North Conference Championships and Northern Division One Championships in 2010.

Before joining the staff at Durham, Boal coached at the Olton & West Warwick's Hockey Club for four years. He was involved in all aspects of the management of the women's first and second teams, including daily planning and conducting of practice, and physical training. He coached the women's first team in the prominent English National Premier League at the age of 20, making Boal the youngest ever to coach a women's team in the League.

While at Olton & West Warwick's, Boal also coached players with national and international representative honors, including two 2008 Olympians for Great Britain. He developed three representatives for the Junior World Cup and two under-18 Internationals.

Boal graduated with honors from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom in June of 2009. He earned his bachelor's degree in sports management and was an ambassador for the university. Boal made four British University Finals Appearances as a player and coach and was part of their 2006-07 National League winning side.

Meghan Beamesderfer

Meghan Beamesderfer

Assistant Coach

Meghan Beamesderfer is in her third year as an assistant coach at Iowa in 2014.

Beamesderfer has spent seven of the last eight seasons as a member of the Iowa program. After lettering from 2006-09, she spent the 2010 season as an undergraduate assistant coach before serving as an assistant coach in 2011 and 2012.

Beamesderfer was a member of the 2013-14 U.S. Women's National Squad.

Beamesderfer helped lead Iowa to its second-straight and 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012, guiding the team to a 14-7 overall record and a No. 14 NFHCA national ranking. Five Hawkeyes earned All-Big Ten recognition under Beamesderfer's watch and four players garnered regional All-America recognition, including two players -- Jessica Barnett and Kathleen McGraw -- who earned second team All-America nods.

In 2011, she helped coach Iowa to its 21st NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. The Hawkeyes finished 15-5 overall and finished the season ranked 12th nationally. Beamesderfer coached three All-Big Ten honorees and four regional All-Americans, including Barnett, who earned the program's 81st national All-America honor.

Beamesderfer also has national coaching experience, as she coached in the U.S.A. Field Hockey Future's Program in the summer of 2011.

Beamesderfer resumed her playing career in the summer of 2011, competing in the U.S.A. Women's National Championships for the Midwest High Performance Team. She was selected to the U.S.A. National Developmental Squad at the conclusion of the tournament. In 2013, Beamesderfer played for the U.S. Women's National Team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

A native of Lititz, Pa., Beamesderfer led Iowa to three-straight Big Ten Tournament titles (2006-08) and the 2008 NCAA Final Four. She finished her career as a two-time All-American, a four-time regional All-American and a three-time All-Big Ten honoree.

In 2006, she was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. As a senior in 2009, she led the team in goals (10) and defensive saves (four) and was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Beamesderfer, who started all 84 career games played, was also a team captain and MVP.

Beamesderfer received a bachelor's degree in speech and hearing sciences from Iowa in December 2010.