Jan. 10, 2012
CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- University of Michigan assistant field hockey coach Ryan Langford has been named an assistant coach for the United States Under-19 field hockey team, U.S. field hockey announced recently.
Langford, who is in his third season as an assistant coach of the Wolverines' squad, will head to Chula Vista, Calif., Jan. 19-22 for training camp with the team. The U.S. team will then have a test series against Canada April 1-8 in Vancouver, B.C.
"I am excited to join the U.S. Under-19 national team coaching staff," Langford said. "It is an honor to train the best players in the U.S. I look forward to challenging these young players to be the best they can be."
Langford is on the coaching staff with current Princeton head coach Kristen Holmes-Winn and former Michigan assistant and current Massachusetts head coach Carla Tagliente.
Langford has experience at the national level as a player. He was a member of the men's national team from 1994-99 and from 2001-03. Langford has 26 international caps and as team captain, 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.
Student Manager Opportunities Available for the Spring
The Michigan field hockey program is currently looking for a team manager to assist at practice session. The team manager will be in charge of practice setup and takedown, video capture and editing, collecting of statistics, equipment organization and special project coordinator. There are two positions available.