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 and led USA to a historic gold medal performance at the FIH Hockey World League Semifinals in Johannesburg, South Africa and qualified the team for the 2018 Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup in London.

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."

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.

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.