Region 9 - Great Lakes

Region 9 Administrative Manager: Jill Dixon

A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., Jill Dixon has over 11 years of Division III collegiate coaching experience and has served in a variety of roles with USA Field Hockey since 2012. As a Futures participant in the early 2000s, Jill continued her academic and athletic career at Randolph-Macon College where she was a four-year starter for the Yellow Jackets. In 2009, Jill completed her Bachelor of Science double major in Mathematics and Biology. She began her collegiate coaching career the following fall and joined USA Field Hockey in 2012 as a Futures Coach in the Great Lakes Region. Her service with USA Field Hockey moved with her college coaching roles and Jill served as a coach and then site director in Delaware while she completed her Master’s in Sport Leadership at Wesley College. Most recently, Jill returned to the Great Lakes Region as a Nexus coach. Jill resides in Wooster, Ohio, with her family, where she currently serves as the Head Field Hockey Coach at The College of Wooster.

Region 9 Coach Manager: Val Lohr

Lohr joins the Nexus Staff from St. Mary's Hall in San Antonio, Texas, where she is the coordinator of Student Well-Being and head coach of the varsity field hockey team. For USA Field Hockey, she has been a Regional Head Coach and Selector and the National Futures/Nexus Championship head coach. Before Allegheny, she coached and served in administrative roles in several college and independent school programs, including launching the field hockey program at Pace University.Lohr played both field hockey and lacrosse at Lehigh University and began her coaching career after graduation. She spent four years at Dickinson College, serving as an assistant for both the Red Devils' field hockey and women's lacrosse programs, and was named to the Dickinson College Hall of Fame as a coach.

Region 9: Great Lakes consists of six states: Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia, and includes the greater Pittsburgh area. The landscape of field hockey in Region 9 is varied. Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan have well-established and outstanding high school and college programs, as well as strong club that offer year-round playing opportunities for boys and girls of all ages. Indiana is home to strong collegiate programs, and has new clubs forming, but currently no high school competition. Tennessee also has new clubs forming for both youth and adults and some club collegiate play. Although West Virginia is surrounded by states with the sport, it sadly currently doesn't have any field hockey playing opportunities. The Pittsburgh area has a growing field hockey community and excellent clubs offering both indoor and outdoor.Region 9 has a strong history and tradition of field hockey and unlimited growth potential. 

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.