|Lucia Belassi White|
Field Hockey's Coach Belassi White Enjoys Return to Competition
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Lucia Belassi White is in her seventh season as an assistant coach for the Michigan field hockey team. An alumna of the U-M program (2004-07), she was highly accomplished on and off the field earning NFHCA All-America distinction, Big Ten Conference Co-Player of the Year in 2007 and NFHCA National Academic Squad recognition.
White helped guide Michigan to back-to-back Big Ten titles in 2010 and 2011. The team captured the conference regular-season title outright in 2011 and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007. In 2010, Michigan earned a share of the Big Ten regular-season crown and claimed the Big Ten Tournament title. The 2010 Wolverines, featuring three NFHCA All-Americans, boasted an eight-game turnaround in the win column from 2009 and had six wins over top-20 opponents, including three top-10 victories.
White played 91 career games as a for the Wolverines, scoring 33 goals and 19 assists for 85 points. She led U-M in goals and points as a junior and a senior, earning NFHCA All-West Region first team and Big Ten first team both years. She was a team co-captain and an NFHCA First Team All-American as a senior in 2007.
She was a part of three teams that reached the NCAA Tournament (2004, 2005, 2007), advancing to the quarterfinal round each time. White helped U-M capture Big Ten regular-season titles in 2004 (tie) and 2007, as well as Big Ten Tournament crowns in 2004 and 2005.
She was on the Academic All-Big Ten Team each of the three years that she was eligible (2005, 2006, 2007). She received a U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award in each of her four years.
Following her Michigan career, White lived in Grand Rapids, Mich., where she worked for Fair Housing Center of West Michigan. She also spent time helping the sport of field hockey grow as a volunteer coach in the area.
Originally from Paysandu, Uruguay, White graduated from U-M in 2008 with a degree in linguistics. She received a master's degree in sports management from Eastern Michigan University in 2014. She is married to former Wolverine wrestler Casey White (2006-07), and in January 2015, they welcomed daughter Eliana.