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Jonelle Filigno

Exercise Science & Sports Studies


Jonelle has excelled as a student-athlete since her arrival to Piscataway, N.J. in 2009, accumulating a 3.3 GPA as an exercise science and sports studies major. Filigno has recorded six semesters with at least a 3.0 GPA, earning placement on the Dean’s List (3.5 GPA) during the spring of 2010 and 2013 and the fall of 2010, when she posted a perfect 4.0 GPA. The redshirt senior, who will graduate in January 2014, works tirelessly to succeed in the classroom and hopes to secure a position with a well established organization in the sports management field.


Filigno leads by example in the classroom, on the field and beyond, serving in a number of leadership positions as a member of the Rutgers soccer team. She has volunteered as a soccer camp assistant from 2008-present, making community appearances to coach and assist youth soccer clinics. Further, Filigno represented the women’s soccer team on the Rutgers Student Athlete-Advisory Committee (SAAC) from 2009-10, which was assembled to provide insight of the student-athlete experience. The Mississauga, Canada native, is also a Canadian National Soccer Team Carded Athlete, working with a diverse group of individuals to achieve common goals.


Filigno has made a concerted effort to volunteer her time to helping others throughout her career as a Scarlet Knight. The forward has volunteered extensively at the Jackson Sports Clinic and Robert Wood Johnson Children’s Hospital. Filigno and the rest of the squad have also reached out to the community by participating in the Breast Cancer Research “Pink Out” and Epilepsy Awareness game.

Further, Filigno has frequently volunteered her time as a soccer assistant at youth camps and clinics since 2008.


As her career has progressed, Filigno has continued to grow under head coach Glenn Crooks. Filigno tied the school’s single-season mark of 15 goals during her junior campaign, a record previously held by former RU standout and U.S. Women’s National Team star, Carli Lloyd. Her 35 points were good for third on the single-season list, while she broke the school record with seven game-winning goals.

Following her record-setting success last year, TopDrawerSoccer named Filigno to its 2012 Third Team. The forward for the Canadian National Team was also named the Big Apple Soccer Player of the Year, as well as being named to the NSCAA All-Northeast Region First Team and NSCAA All-America Second Team.

For her career at Rutgers, the forward is third in game-winning scores (12), fifth in goals (25) and sixth in points (60). Prior to this season, she was named to TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Preseason Best XI Second Team, while also being named No. 12 in the Preseason National Women’s Top 100 by the organization.
Impressively, Filigno has notched 42 goals with the Canadian National Team, with which she earned a bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics. The Rutgers star started the final four matches of the tournament and scored the game-winner against Great Britain in the quarterfinals.