Title: Assistant Coach
Ryan Langford is in his 11th 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 has more than 20 years of experience as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level.
Since joining the Michigan coaching staff, Langford has helped guide Michigan to four Big Ten titles (2010, '11, '17, '18) and seven NCAA Tournament appearances. Most recently, the Wolverines advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2018 after posting a 14-7 record, including a 7-1 Big Ten mark en route to their second straight conference regular-season title. Emma Way was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and a NFHCA First Team All-American, while Guadalupe Fernandez Lacort earned All-America third team honors. The 2018 Wolverines rebounded from a slow start, losing three of their first four games and after graduating six starters from the previous year's NCAA Final Four squad.
In 2017, Michigan swept the Big Ten regular-season and tournament crowns and recorded a program-record 21 wins, including 18 in a row, en route to the NCAA Final Four. U-M boasted the Big Ten Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in Katie Trombetta and Sam Swenson, respectively, while Meg Dowthwaite joined the duo on the NFCA All-America teams. Langford was part of the 2017 NFCA West Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
U-M has produced 16 total All-Americans since Langford's arrival on staff, including four-time honoree Rachael Mack (2010-13), fellow first-teamers Lauren Thomas (2012-15), Katie Trombetta (2014-17) and Emma Way (2015-18) and the program's first All-America goalkeeper, Sam Swenson (2014-17).
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 -- 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, California, 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 served four seasons as U-M's volunteer coach and was a member of the USA Field Hockey national team. The couple was married in July 2011 and are parents to son Silas and daughter Reese.
KRISTI GANNON FISHER
Title: Assistant Coach
Kristi Gannon Fisher is in her first season since returning to join her alma mater's coaching staff. Gannon Fisher, a two-time All-American and Big Ten Conference Athlete of the Year during her collegiate career (2000-03), previously spent five years with the Michigan staff, including a season as full-time assistant (2009) and two as the Wolverines' volunteer coach (2006-07).
Gannon Fisher was Pankratz's first hire when the latter returned to the helm of the program in January 2009 and spent one season as an assistant coach. Prior to her initial return to Michigan, Gannon Fisher served as Manager of Athlete Development within the youth development department of USA Field Hockey.
Gannon Fisher brings a wealth of valuable international and collegiate playing experience to the Wolverine program. A four-year member of the USA Field Hockey women's national team (2003-06), Gannon Fisher boasts 45 international caps and a pair of international goals. She contributed to U.S. silver medals at the 2004 Pan American Cup and 2001 Americas Cup and competed in the 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Most recently, Gannon Fisher was a member of the U.S. squad at the 2006 World Cup Qualifier, where the USA claimed fourth to earn a berth to the premiere international event. A veteran of U.S. junior teams since 1998, Gannon Fisher also played on the 2001 Junior World Cup and 2000 Junior Pan Am teams.
As a Wolverine student-athlete (2000-03), Gannon Fisher received NFHCA All-America first team honors during her last two seasons. She was a four-time selection to the All-Big Ten Conference first team, becoming the only the fourth player in conference history to earn such distinction. As a senior in 2003, Gannon Fisher was recognized as the Big Ten Player of the Year, adding to her 2000 conference Freshman of the Year trophy.
Gannon Fisher was a pivotal member of the Wolverines' 2001 NCAA Championship team, earning All-Tournament team honors after scoring U-M's second goal against Maryland in the final game. She ranks among the top 10 in every major U-M career scoring category with 37 goals, 26 assists and 100 career points.
A native of Escondido, Calif., Gannon Fisher graduated from Michigan in 2006 with a degree in physical education. She is married to Jim Fisher, a 2005 Michigan graduate and three-year football letterwinner as a tight end, and has three children, Jacob, Kaci and Karli.