Field Hockey Assistant Langford to Coach U.S. Under-19 Squad
Ryan Langford is in his fifth season as an assistant coach for the University of Michigan field hockey program. A long-time fixture on the USA Field Hockey men's national team, Langford arrived in Ann Arbor with 10 years of experience as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level.
Prior to arriving at Michigan, Langford served two seasons as an assistant coach at James Madison (2007-08), where he helped revitalize the Dukes' program over his brief tenure. Last season, JMU posted the third-best winning percentage in the nation (18-3), going undefeated in Colonial Athletic Association play for the first time in 13 years en route to its third straight CAA title and NCAA Tournament appearance.
Langford also previously served as an assistant coach at Temple University (2005-07), Appalachian State (2000-05) and Southwest Missouri State (1999-2000). He received USA Field Hockey Level III coaching certification -- the organization's highest level of coaching accreditation -- last November and currently serves on the USA Field Hockey Athletes Advisory Committee.
In addition to his coaching credentials, Langford brings a wealth of valuable international playing experience to the Wolverine program. A seven-year member of the USA Field Hockey men's national team (1994-99, 2001-03), Langford boasts 26 international caps. As team captain, he contributed to the men's national team's fifth-place showing at the 1999 Pan-American Games and, in 2001, was part of a team that qualified for the World Cup. After being selected as an alternate to the 1996 Olympic team, he lived and trained as an Elite Resident Athlete in the San Diego Olympic Training Center before heading off to Atlanta. Langford also played for the U.S. National Indoor team for five seasons (1997, 2001-03, '05), participating in the 2002 Indoor Pan-American Cup and the 2003 Indoor World Cup.
A native of Camarillo, Calif., Langford graduated from the Appalachian State University in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in geography, specializing in geographic information systems. He is married to the former Maren Ford, who is in her fourth season as U-M's volunteer coach and is a member of the USA Field Hockey national team. The couple was married in July of 2011.