JANNEKE SCHOPMAN
Head Coach, U.S. Women’s National Team

Schopman was appointed to the role of Assistant Coach in March 2014 and was a part of the coaching staff during Team USA’s gold medal performance at the 2014 Champions Challenge. Schopman also served as Head Coach of the U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team during that time and coached them at the 2016 Women's Hockey Junior World Cup in Santiago, Chile. In January 2017, Schopman took over the role of U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach.

Schopman is a former captain and a two-time Olympic field hockey medalist for the Dutch National Team. She was a part of the silver-medalist squad at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and a member of the gold-medalist squad in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Schopman also played on the Dutch squad that won gold at the 2006 Women’s Hockey World Cup and the Champions Trophy on three occasions in 2004, 2005 and 2007. 

“Janneke is rightly considered one of the top up and coming coaches in women’s international hockey,” said Simon Hoskins, USA Field Hockey's Executive Director. “She has demonstrated a strong understanding of USA Field Hockey’s systems and athletes in her 2 and half years with us. Janneke’s passion and expertise provides us continuity as well as the ambition for our program to continue our progress in international hockey.”

"To me, coaching is a metaphor for life and you want to help athletes fulfill their potential and find their own way," said Schopman. "Every player is different. I enjoy helping the players on their journey."

PHIL EDWARDS
Assistant Coach, U.S. Women's National Team

Edwards joined the U.S. Women's National Team coaching staff in February 2017. No stranger to the national team setting, Edwards has served as the Junior High Performance Goalkeeping Coach for the U-17, U-19 and U-21 National Teams. In 2013 he was the assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team program and 2 years later acted as the Performance Analyst for the senior men’s and women’s national teams at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. As a USA Field Hockey Level 3 Coach, Edwards has honed in on his skill set to instruct and mold leaders on the turf.

Previously, Edwards was in the collegiate sports system as the assistant coach for Boston College from 2015 to 2016 as well as the associate/interim head coach of Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. In these role he generated student-athlete development framework, supporting performance analysis and a video feedback system. He also created effective fitness testing and tracking systems and was responsible for domestic and international talent identification and recruiting.

As an athlete himself, Edwards was part of England’s U-18 National Squad in 2000 and went on to represent Loughborough University on the pitch while majoring in BEng Materials Engineering. 

“It’s with great pleasure we welcome Phil to our coaching staff,” said Schopman. “He offers a wide range of expertise including goalkeeper coaching and performance analysis which will be of a substantial benefit to the team. I’m confident Phil’s qualities will help our program progress and look forward to working together.”

NICHOLAS SHEDD
Strength & Conditioning Coach, U.S. Women's National Team

Shedd was named the U.S. Women's National Team Strength and Conditioning Coach in December 2016. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine/Wellness from Averett University in Danville, Va., where he also played football. Shedd furthered his education by attending Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. where he received a Master of Science Degree with a specialty in Strength and Conditioning. As a result of his studies and real world applications, Shedd has a wealth of knowledge conducting ongoing data and analyzation of key performance indicators with each athlete which will serve him well in his new position. He also excels in strength and conditioning program design and periodization as well as linear acceleration, absolute speed, multi-directional and plyometric training.

Pulling inspiration from his father, a former member of the U.S. Judo Team for many years in the '70s and ‘80s, Shedd sees his appointment with USA Field Hockey as an exciting chance to follow in his family's footsteps at the professional sport level.