Staff
Head Coach
Iain Byers

Iain Byers is in his 10th year at Longwood University during 2014-15, and in his seventh year as head coach following his appointment in April 2008 with a five-year overall record of 59-70. He previously served as an assistant coach since 2005, and earned his US Level 2 Coaching Qualification in January 2009. Byers guided the Lancers to a 10-12 overall mark in 2013, including a 6-2 Northern Pacific Field Hockey Conference (NorPac) record, a 4-4 record at home and a third-place finish at the NorPac Tournament.

In 2012, Byers led Longwood to an overall record of 8-13, including 5-6 at home and 6-2 in the NorPac, while finishing fifth at the NorPac Tournament. Byers led Longwood to an overall record of 13-9 in 2011, including 6-3 at home and 5-1 in the NorPac, while finishing third at the NorPac Tournament. It was the most wins for the program since 2000. Byers' squad compiled an overall record of 8-13 during 2010, including 4-2 in the NorPac while finishing third at the NorPac Tournament. He led the Lancers to an overall record of 10-11 during 2009, including 4-2 in the NorPac while finishing fourth at the NorPac Tournament. Byers led Longwood to an overall record of 10-12 during 2008, including 3-3 in the NorPac and a third-place finish at the NorPac Tournament. For his efforts, he was selected as the NorPac Coach of the Year during his first year as a head coach. During his tenure, 15 Lancers have earned All-NorPac honors, including one Offensive Players of the Year (2008), one East Division Player of the Year (2012) and three East Division Offensive/Defensive Players of the Year. Seventeen of Byers’ student-athletes have been named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I All-Academic Squad, while four standouts have received selections to the NFHCA All-South Region Team (2008, 2011, 2012).

Byers has handled many responsibilities over the past eight years, including coordination of team travel, team and opponent video analysis, planning and executing practices, all aspects of recruiting, developing game strategies, event organization and fundraising, and working with team members to attain specific personal and team goals. He developed the first Longwood Preseason Camp and Play-Days, successful events that have raised over $10,000 for the program, and he has recruited the first International student-athletes to the team as well.

Byers has worked extensively within the US Field Hockey structure, has coached at the US High Performance Level with the South Region from 2009-2011, and ran the Futures Elite Academy site in 2012. He has also had experience with the US Coaching Accreditation level 3, the highest level of coaching in the US. He was an assistant coach at Lock Haven University during 2004 (19-1, 8-0 Northeast Conference), and helped coach at St. Louis University during the 2003 preseason while assisting at the 2003 Champions Edge Elite Camps in Princeton, New Jersey as well. Byers was a player/coach for Canterbury Christ Church University College in Canterbury, England during 2000-01, coached with the Canterbury Hockey Club (2001-05), and at the Sir Joseph Williamson Mathematical School (1998).

A native of Canterbury, England, Byers earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business studies with a concentration in sport psychology and coaching from Canterbury Christ Church. He played three years of field hockey at Canterbury Christ Church. His wife, Jennifer, is a volunteer assistant field hockey coach at the University of Richmond. They were married in 2012.

Assistant Coach
Megan Miller

A native of Palmyra, Pa., Miller comes to Farmville after a successful career on the Spiders’ forward line where she was named an All-Atlantic 10 performer each season on campus and was rewarded with a spot in the Victory Sports Tour/NFHCA Senior Game after the 2017 campaign.

Miller also earned NFHCA All-South Region honors her junior and senior seasons while playing for Team USA at the U21 PanAm Games in 2016.

Throughout her career she started 59 of her 78 appearances scoring six goals and assisting on 16 more. Miller’s production went up each season as she collected a career-best seven helpers in 2017 as one of three team captains, good for tops on the team in assists.

Before moving west from Richmond, Miller also spent two seasons as the head coach for the Panthers United Field Hockey Club as well as one season with the United States U25 Developmental Team. During her time with Panthers United, Miller assisted players in U19 and U16 age groups advancing players’ skills and technique.

Assistant Coach
Laura Malinoski

Longwood head field hockey coach Iain Byers announced the addition of Laura Malinoski, a former standout of Ball State and Appalachian State, to his staff for the 2019 season.

Malinoski joins a Longwood team that’s coming off a season of .500 or better for the third straight year, securing their third straight top-three finish in the MAC and finishing second in the conference in both goals per game and goals against average.

“Laura is a great addition to our staff, she brings a wealth of knowledge with her, and is an amazing person. I’ve known her since her playing days and have seen her grow and develop as a coach. We’re excited to help continue that growth and development,” Byers said.

A former two-time team captain at Appalachian State, Malinoski joins the Lancers from fellow Mid-American Conference (MAC) foe Central Michigan where she assisted with all facets of a program.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Longwood field hockey family. Coming back to the East Coast is great, and working with this staff is a privilege. Iain has built a solid program that I have competed against as both a player and a coach, and I’m excited to be working alongside him this upcoming season,” Malinoski said.

Prior to her time with Central Michigan, Malinoski served as an assistant coach for Queens University of Charlotte. In her three seasons with the Royals, Malinoski helped lead the inaugural team to nine wins in its first season, while assisting with all facets of the program.

Malinoski starred at Ball State and Appalachian State, playing three seasons with the Mountaineers and serving as a team captain in her junior and senior seasons. She started 52 of 57 career games for Appalachian State, graduating in 2015 with a bachelor of science degree.

Beginning her collegiate career at Ball State, Malinoski started in all 20 games in 2011 and ranked second on the team in goals and assists while ranking sixth in the NCAA in defensive saves.

In addition, Malinoski was invited to try out for the United States senior women's national team in 2016.

She received her masters of arts degree in sports and athletic administration from Gonzaga University in 2018.