COACHING STAFF

Michigan Field Hockey Assistant Coach Ryan Langford

RYAN LANGFORD

Title: Assistant Coach

Ryan Langford is in his 10th 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, White has helped guide Michigan to three Big Ten titles (2010, '11, '17). Most recently, the Wolverines swept the Big Ten regular-season and tournament crowns in 2017 and recorded a program-record 21 wins, including 18 in a row, en route to the NCAA Final Four.

U-M has produced 14 All-Americans since White's arrival on staff, including four-time honoree Rachael Mack (2010-13), fellow first-teamers Lauren Thomas (2012-15) and Katie Trombetta (2014-17) 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.


Michigan Field Hockey Assistant Coach Lucia Belassi White

LUCIA BELASSI WHITE

Title: Assistant Coach

Lucia Belassi White is in her ninth season as an assistant coach for the Michigan field hockey team. A Michigan alumna (2004-07), she excelled both 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.

Since joining the Michigan coaching staff, White has helped guide Michigan to three Big Ten titles (2010, '11, '17). Most recently, the Wolverines swept the Big Ten regular-season and tournament crowns in 2017 and recorded a program-record 21 wins, including 18 in a row, en route to the NCAA Final Four.

U-M has produced 14 All-Americans since White's arrival on staff, including four-time honoree Rachael Mack (2010-13), fellow first-teamers Lauren Thomas (2012-15) and Katie Trombetta (2014-17) and the program's first All-America goalkeeper, Sam Swenson (2014-17).

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 in each of her last two seasons, earning NFHCA All-West Region and Big Ten first team honors both years. A U-M team co-captain as a senior (2007), White was also named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Year and an NFHCA First Team All-American.

During White's collegiate career, she contributed to two Big Ten regular-season titles (2004, '07) and a pair of Big Ten Tournament crowns (2004, '05). Michigan qualified for the NCAA Tournament in three of her collegiate seasons (2004, '05, '07) and advanced to the quarterfinal round in each appearance.

She was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten Team honoree (2005, '06, '07) and received a U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award in each of her four years.

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 has two children, Eliana and Skyler.

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