LAWRENCE AMAR
Assistant Coach, U.S. Women's National Team

Amar joined the U.S. Women's National Team staff in February 2019 as the assistant coach. He was previously held the position of assistant coach for Kent State University from 2009 to 2018. In that role, he worked with individual team members to target specific areas of improvement, organized strategies for each match based on video analysis, experience and understanding team strengths and weaknesses, and led successful international and domestic recruiting efforts by developing strong relationships with potential student-athletes, parents and recruiting agency.

As an athlete himself, Amar stood out as a player at an early age, having first represented with the U.S> Men’s National Team at the age of 16. He was also one of the few players to ever represent all three squads at the same time, playing on the U-18 USMNT, U-21 USMNT and senior USMNT concurrently. A native of California, he was part of the U.S. Men’s National Team programs from 1987-1999 and competed in more than 200 international matches. Those included multiple tours, World Cup Qualifiers, Pan American Games, Junior World Cup and the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. He also served as captain for both his U-21 USMNT and USMNT, earning additional accolades along the way, including the 1994 and 1995 USA Field Hockey Athlete of the Year award.

Following his playing days, Amar was a member of the U.S. Army for six years, serving two tours overseas. He earned the rank of Staff Sergeant in the Infantry. Amar received two Army Commendation and Army Achievement Medals among his numerous honors and achievements.

 

MAREN LANGFORD
Tour Manager, U.S. Women's National Team

Langford joined the U.S. Women’s National Team staff in 2017 acting as the Travel Manager. Prior to that, she has had a ton of coaching experiencing including being the volunteer assistant coach at the University of Michigan, as well as stints at Bucknell University and Princeton University. She also has international exposure coaching on various Junior U.S. Women’s National Teams.

In 2009, alongside her husband, Langford established the club Fer De Lance in Ann Arbor, Mich. to provide field hockey players with more opportunities to play locally. Now, the club has expanded to develop athletes from ages six and up and includes travel teams.

Langford was a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team from 2009-2013, tallying 69 international caps. She played in many international competitions including the 2012 Champions Challenge and 2010 AtaHolding Women’s World Cup Qualifier in Chula Vista, Calif. She also spent three years on the U.S. Women’s National Indoor Team. In 2008, she was part of the silver medal winning team at the Indoor Pan American Cup.

Langford graduated from Princeton University in 2006 with a teaching certification, MS degree in Psychology with a specialization in Sport and a Level 2 Coaching Certification.

DAVE WILLIAMSON
Goalkeeping Coach, U.S. Women's National Team

Williamson joined the U.S. Women's National Team following the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach at Princeton University from 2013-17 while doubling as the Tigers’ goalkeeping coach.

A 2002 graduate of the University of Ulster, Williamson has extensive coaching experience in the United States and abroad. He served as assistant coach at Monmouth University from 2008-12. Prior to Monmouth, he was an assistant at Kent State (2002-05).

In addition to USA Field Hockey, Williamson has also worked with the Irish Hockey association, along with serving as the goalkeeping coach for numerous club, school and provincial teams. As a player, Williamson enjoyed a long career beginning with Newry Olympic HC. This was followed by a stint at Banbridge HC before moving to Lisnagarvey HC, where he won a national title and the Irish Senior Cup in 2005 and 2006. In a final move to Pembroke Wanderers HC, Williamson helped capture the Lenister League title in 2013.