Stuart Smith is one of the premiere goalkeeper coaches in the nation. Smith enters his seventh season on staff with the Penn State field hockey team in 2016, serving his fifth year as assistant coach after being promoted following the 2011 season. Smith, a former goalkeeper, specializes in game analysis, field player and goalkeeper coaching. He helped prepare the U.S. National team goalkeepers for the 2014 World Cup held in The Hague, Netherlands and also the 2016 champions trophy and 2016 Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Nittany Lions have seen tremendous success during his tenure with the team, reaching the NCAA tournament six of seven seasons and advancing to the quarterfinals three times, while also claiming the Big Ten regular season title and the Big Ten tournament three times each.
Under his tutelage, Penn State’s goalkeepers have been among the best in the nation and Big Ten conference, garnering first-team All-Big Ten honors in three of his seven seasons. Ayla Halus led the nation in save percentage in 2010 and was a two-time second-team NFHCA All-American and two-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree. Kylie Licata was named first-team All-Big Ten in her first season as a starter in 2013, and was second in the country in save percentage in 2014.
Smith has become very involved with the USA Field Hockey program, as well. He has coached at Nationals for the Futures field hockey program in Virginia Beach in 2010 and 2013 and has also been involved as an assistant with the Futures elite program in 2012, 2015, and 2016.
Smith’s hockey career spans over 20 years to date. He started as a young player, advancing to compete at the state and national level in Australia. He has represented his region of the Central Coast as well as his state of New South Wales. He has competed with players of the Australian National Team as well as players of other national teams. For his sporting and community achievements, Smith was rewarded with the opportunity to run the Olympic Torch in the 2000 Olympic Games held in Sydney.
A native of Wamberal, New South Wales, Australia, Smith came to the United States as part of an International Exchange Program. He enrolled in the prestigious Ohio State International Turf Grass Management Program where he graduated in 2008. Smith enjoyed four years working at The Breakers, Palm Beach in Florida, where he was an assistant golf course superintendent of The Breakers, Rees Jones and Ocean Courses.
Smith currently resides in State College.
Lauren Burke is responsible for overseeing recruiting efforts with Rutgers Field Hockey, as well as assisting in all other aspects of the program.
Burke joined the Scarlet Knights' staff after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Sacred Heart. 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 hockey 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. Current Rutgers head Coach Meredith Civico 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.