Region 11 - West
Region 11 Administrative Manager: Lisa Griffiths
Lisa Griffiths has worked with the Nexus program since 2018 and is a USA Field Hockey Level 2 certified coach. She came to the United States from Melbourne, Australia where she played in the premier league division at both Hawthorn HC and Monash University HC, and spent three seasons working with the Junior Field Hockey programs at Monash. She also holds a Level 1 Coaching Accreditation with Hockey Victoria.
Lisa coaches for Western Elite Field Hockey Club, works with Smoky Hill High School and has worked with various schools in Colorado since 2017. Prior to this, she was the head coach for La Jolla HS an Clairemont HS in San Diego, Calif. In her spare time, she works and trains the goalkeepers of Colorado.
Lisa lives in Colorado with her husband, two children and three dogs, and is passionate about growing the game in her state.
Region 11 Coach Manager: Michelle Van de Braak
Michelle Smulders - Van de Braak started coaching with USA Field Hockey in 2021 as an AAU Junior Olympic Games coach. She is a former All American from the University of Michigan, U.S. U-21 and U-23 Women's National Team athlete, Junior Olympian and attended the U.S. Olympic Trials with hopes of making the USWNT for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. She participated in the early years of the Futures as an athlete and currently is a USA Field Hockey Level II Accredited coach.
Michelle resides in San Francisco, Calif, where she owns and operates the San Francisco Youth Field Hockey Club and is varsity coach at San Francisco University High School.
Region 11: West is unique in many ways as it is made up of 13 states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. California and Colorado are currently the only states in Region 11 where field hockey is well established with youth, middle school, high school, college, adult and club programs for boys and girls of all ages. USA Field Hockey hopes to change that and encourage all interested in growing the game through Region 11 to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for support.
Some fun facts: California is home to more USA Field Hockey Lifetime Members and male members than any other state. It's also home to Moorpark College, a men's field hockey mecca in the United States and where the California Cup, one of the longest-running international tournaments in the world, continues to be held each Memorial Day weekend.
California is an important state of field hockey for many reasons. In 2028, Los Angeles will once again host the Summer Olympic Games, the site where the U.S. Men's National Team won bronze in 1932 and U.S. Women's National Team won bronze in their first Olympic Games in 1984. Today's Nexus participants could be the next U.S. Olympic field hockey athletes!
USA Field Hockey is working with leaders in California and Region 11 to grow the game in advance and as a legacy of the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games. In 2020, USA Field Hockey launched the California State Chapter, a pilot program of regional representation established to Grow the Game, Serve Members and Succeed Internationally. For more information about the California State Chapter, email email@example.com.
Please use the administrative manager as the main point of contact for questions around schedules, registration and other administrative needs. All questions from and around coaching Nexus or on field content should be directed to the coach manager.