Now in her 20th year at The College of Wooster and 30th overall as a head field hockey coach, Brenda Meese ranks among the national leaders in both career wins and total games coached. In fact, with an all-time record of 357-192-10 (.648), she enters 2010 ranked 14th in the NCAA (all divisions) in victories and her 559 games coached is No. 14 in that category as well. Within Div. III, Meese sits fourth in total wins among active coaches.
Meese, who owns a mark of 233-129-4 (.642) over 19 seasons at Wooster, has been at the helm of five North Coast Athletic Conference championship teams (2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009), highlighted by outright titles in 2001 and 2006. The Fighting Scots also have a pair of appearances in the NCAA Div. III Championships (2001, 2009) during Meese’s tenure, including a first-round victory when Wooster served as host for a 2009 NCAA game – a first in program history. Overall, the Scots have produced five win totals of 15 or more, most recently 17-6 in 2009, and 16 winning records under Meese.
A 1975 Wooster graduate, Meese spent 10 years as the field hockey coach at the State University of New York at Oneonta before returning to her alma mater in 1989. At Oneonta State, she guided her teams to a 124-63-6 record (.658), 10 state tournaments, and three trips to the national field.
In addition to all of her coaching achievements, Meese earned her master's degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is currently pursuing her doctorate. She has worked at many Olympic Development Camps and was the Division III representative for the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. Meese is also an associate professor and assistant athletic director at Wooster.