Co-Owner Robin Meaney has more than 30 years experience coaching field hockey, both on the club and high school levels in New Jersey. She is also an esteemed member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA), as well as the United States Field Hockey Association (USAFH).
She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Health & Physical Education from the College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in 1989. At TCNJ, she was a member of the Lions’ national-ranked women’s field hockey squad. The team earned national champion honors in 1988, and made NCAA appearances in 1987 and 1989 as well. Meaney also holds a Masters of Arts degree in Education, which she completed in 2009.
Following graduation, she accepted a teaching position at Hunterdon Central High School in Flemington, NJ. While at Hunterdon Central, she served as the assistant varsity field hockey coach, with her teams earning Group IV NJ state titles in 1993, 1994 and 1996. Meaney was also named Teacher of the Year in 2004 for her efforts as an educator.
On the heels of her prolific coaching career at Hunterdon Central, Meaney was a co-founder and co-owner of New Heights Field Hockey Club. For more than a decade under her direction, New Heights consistently produced nationally-ranked club field hockey teams in the U-14, U-16, and U-19 levels. As director, she was responsible for overseeing day-to-day club operations, supervising a diverse coaching staff, tournament travel, securing training facilities, collegiate networking and public relations.
Many of the club’s alumni played for top-notch universities, including Wake Forest, Dartmouth, Rutgers, UMass, Syracuse, Boston College, University of Maryland, Lafayette and more. Additionally, one of her players is a veteran of the US Women’s National Field Hockey Team.
For her efforts, Meaney earned recognition from the Hunterdon County Chambers of Commerce “Women’s Business Forum” for Fitness Woman of the Year in 1997, and also received accolades from the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce “Women’s Business Forum” for Best Women’s Business of Hunterdon County in 2002.
Following her retirement from Hunterdon Central High School in 2015, Meaney relocated back to Ocean County, NJ, where she is originally from. She attended Brick Township High School in Brick, New Jersey, and was a three-sport varsity athlete – earning 12 letters in field hockey, basketball and softball.
Along with Co-Owner Laurie Temple, she co-founded Phoenix Elite Field Hockey in 2019, having seen a need to serve the female athletes and their families of Ocean County. Phoenix Elite exists to foster an environment of support and empower our athletes both on and off the field – in order to build their confidence in whatever path they choose beyond the playing field. In less than three years of club teams under her guidance, nearly 25 Phoenix Elite student-athletes (and counting) have achieved their dream of of playing field hockey in college at the Division II and Division III levels.