Entering her 10th year at the helm of the Monmouth University field hockey team, Carli Figlio’s program has consistently excelled both on the field and in the classroom. Figlio’s Hawks won their second-straight league regular season crown in 2015, a year after they reached the pinnacle, capturing the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championships and earned the program’s first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Named the second head coach in program history on January 17, 2007, Figlio, who is an active member on the National NCAA Division I Field Hockey and All-American Committees, coordinates one of the most decorated academic teams in the country. In 2011, the Hawks sported the third-best GPA amongst Division I teams. Figlio added 25 members over the last three seasons to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) National Academic team, an honor which 94 student-athletes have earned over Figlio's nine years in West Long Branch. In addition, Morganne Firmstone earned back-to-back Northeast Conference Scholar-Athlete accolades in 2010 and 2011, while Tara Brown and Amanda Schoenfeld were tabbed as NFHCA Scholars of Distinction in 2012 for achieving GPA of a 3.9 or higher.
In 2015, Figlio guided her squad to a 5-1 league mark en route to its second consecutive MAAC Regular Season crown and earned the right to host the conference championships. Six Hawks were tabbed to the All-MAAC Teams, five of which earning first team accolades, while Casey Hanna earned her second-straight MAAC Defensive Player of the Year honor and Christen Piersanti became the program’s first league Goalkeeper of the Year recipient. For the seventh consecutive season, Figlio’s team had at least one representative on the NFHCA All-Region squad as Hanna and Cori Allen both were lauded on the second team.
Figlio, the Lids Team Sports MAAC Coach of the Year, guided her squad to a 13-8 (4-1 MAAC) mark during the 2014 championships season, the third time she has led MU to double-digit win totals. A league-high eight Hawks were lauded All-MAAC, while Trish O’Dwyer, the program’s first NFHCA All-American, was tabbed the MAAC Player and Offensive Player of the Year, Hanna was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, while Meg Donahue took home MAAC Rookie of the Year honors. O’Dwyer, the new program leader in points (143; 53 g, 37 a), was joined on the NFHCA All-Mid-Atlantic by Hanna and Amanda Schoenfeld. After earning the first tournament championship in program history on So Sweet A Cat Field, Figlio and the Hawks hosted Princeton in the NCAA Play-In game on campus, the fifth time Monmouth Athletics has hosted an NCAA event on campus, falling to the Tigers by one. Figlio's team ended the year ranked fourth in the country in penalty corners per game (8.24) and seventh in defensive saves (11), while being ranked in the top-two in the MAAC in 10 different statistical categories.
In the first year competing in the MAAC in 2013, Figlio tutored Alex Carroll to two major conference awards, while four were named all-league. Carroll, the league’s Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, also was tabbed to the NFHCA All-Mid-Atlantic Second Team, the fifth consecutive season the Hawks were represented on the all-region squad. O’Dwyer joined Carroll on the All-MAAC First Team, while defender Ali Askinas and Schoenfeld were placed on the All-MAAC Second Team. As a whole, the team captured six wins highlighted by the victory over Delaware, a team that was ranked as high as 16th in the national polls during the season and went on to win a game in the NCAA Tournament.
Figlio mentored some of the best players in the Northeast Conference in 2012, including the NEC’s Player and Offensive Player of the Year in Michelle Pieczysnki, the first Hawk to claim the player of the year honor since 2000 and first ever offensive player of the year recipient. Pieczynski, who became the program’s all-time leading scorer during her tenure, made her third-straight appearance on a NFHCA All-Regional team and earned a spot in the organization’s Senior Game, a first for a Monmouth player. Along with Pieczynski on the All-NEC First Team were Carroll and O’Dwyer as the trio helped land the Hawks back in the conference championships for the fourth-straight season. Figlio and the Blue and White wrapped up the year with eight victories, including a 5-2 conference mark.
Led by a league-high six All-NEC performers, including two NFHCA All-Region members in Pieczynski and O'Dwyer, Figlio's squad finished with 15 wins in 2011, tying a program-best set in the 2010 season. The squad, which finished second overall and just one win shy of an elusive NEC crown, went 8-3 against non-conference opponents with victories over Miami (OH), Lehigh, Columbia, Vermont, Rutgers, Delaware, Temple and Georgetown. Under Figlio's mentorship, Pieczynski became the Hawks' first NFHCA All-Mid-Atlantic First Team recipient.
In 2010, Figlio, the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year, directed the Hawks to a record breaking season, highlighted by 15 victories. MU was featured in the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll for the first time in its 14-year history on September 14th, receiving six votes. The Hawks were in the weekly poll seven times throughout the season, topping out with seven tallies. Figlio also lead her squad to a program best 8-3 record against non-conference opponents, including first-ever victories over Villanova and Delaware, before posting a 6-1 NEC record, finishing second, and playing for the conference title for the second time in as many years. Figlio mentored Pieczynski, who was tabbed to the Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team for her 31 point season (14 goals, 3 assists), and classmate Kimmy Baligian to a break-out season (14 goals, 1 assist). Figlio saw her squad earn a league high six all-conference award winners, while also adding three to the NEC All-Tournament team.
The 2009 Hawks celebrated a nine-win season for the first time since 2002. The Blue and White, which finished fourth in the NEC, upset top-seeded Rider to advance to the NEC Championship game, marking its first trip to the final game in 10 seasons. Figlio guided All-NEC First-Team selection Enza Mazza to an 11- goal (3rd in NEC) and 29- point (4th in NEC) season. Mazza became the fourth Hawk to earn NFHCA Mid-Atlantic honorees. Along with Mazza, Figlio also mentored Ashley McPeek to her first postseason honor. The local product started all 19 games, finding the back of the cage four times while adding two helpers. Sarah Keppel made her second-straight appearance on the NEC Second-Team putting together a solid senior season posting two goals and a defensive save to her credit. Pieczynski was one of two first year players to claim postseason honors as the forward claimed rookie of the week twice, leading freshmen in goals with eight and tied all rookies with 18 points.
In 2008, the Hawks finished in a fifth-place tie, one game shy of the league tournament. From year one to year two, Figlio's emphasis on defense showed on the scoreboard as the Hawks improved immensely on that end of the field, giving up just 2.41 goals per game compared to 3.76 goals per game during year one. Monmouth also finished third in the conference in goals allowed in 2008, a huge leap from ending in last place three years ago.
Under Figlio's tutelage, the Hawks saw six All-NEC honorees in her first two years at the helm. Figlio oversaw her first All-NEC First-Team selection, Molly Passarella, and led two other All-NEC Second-Team selections in Mazza and Keppel. Passarella was also named to the Second Team Mid-Atlantic Regional NFHCA in 2007, becoming Monmouth's first recipient since Kelly Balady was tagged to the second team in 2004.
As an assistant in West Long Branch, Figlio helped mentor a pair of All-Northeast Conference performers in Janine McMillin and Maeve Hagen. In her two seasons as the team's lead assistant coach, she was instrumental in helping the Monmouth offense improve and increase its goals per game mark more than a tally over the course of two years.
Figlio is a 2005 graduate of Kent State University, where she was a Dean's List student and earned a degree in Communications Studies. As a player, she led the Golden Flashes to three Mid-American Conference regular season field hockey championships, as well as the 2002 MAC Tournament title as a midfielder.
She served as team captain from 2002-2004, and was named to the National Academic Team in 2003 and the All-Region Academic Team in 2004. Kent State made three appearances in the NCAA tournament during her career.
In addition to her playing career, Figlio served as the head coach and site director of the Futures Field Hockey program, a youth field hockey program hosted by Kent State.
A New Jersey native, Figlio earned second-team all-state, first-team all-conference, and first team All-North Jersey honors during her stellar career at Voorhees High School.