• 2001 NCAA Champions
  • 7 Big Ten Titles

Marcia Pankratz

“We are teaching young women important life skills that transcend the sport. Our student-athletes arrive at Michigan as 18-year-old girls and leave our program as successful 22-year-old women ready to take on all of life's challenges. Through training and competing, they learn so many valuable lessons and transferable skills that help shape their character. By keeping our eye on this development as the foundation of our philosophy, we end up winning many championships along the way.”


Coach Bio

Marcia Pankratz is in her 16th season as the head coach of the Michigan field hockey program. Under her guidance, the Wolverines have claimed seven Big Ten championships since 1997 and captured the 2001 NCAA title -- the first by a women's team in the history of Michigan Athletics.

It’s easy to attribute Michigan's place among college field hockey's elite directly to Pankratz. After finishing sixth in the Big Ten during her first season as a head coach, she executed one of the greatest turnarounds in U-M sports history, leading Michigan to a share of the Big Ten regular-season title in 1997. From 1997 through 2004, Michigan finished third or higher in the conference each season and claimed five Big Ten regular-season titles. After a brief hiatus from coaching, Pankratz returned to Michigan in 2009 and led U-M to back-to-back Big Ten titles in 2010 and 2011. The winningest coach in Wolverine field hockey history, she is tied for second in the Big Ten record book with five coach of the year awards and has been awarded NFHCA West Region Coach of the Year honors four times.

The Wolverines have boasted an All-American on their roster in 15 of Pankratz's 16 seasons, including a program-high four in 2000 and 2002. During her tenure, 20 different student-athletes have earned a combined total of 31 All-America citations. U-M also claimed 19 Big Ten postseason awards and Wolverine players swept the yearly honors in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

Fun Fact

Coach Pankratz’s nephews are elite soccer players - Matt Besler plays for Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer and is a member of the U.S. Men's Soccer National Team and Nick Besler plays for the Portland Timbers.

Career Highlights

  • 4 - Big Ten Tournament Titles
  • 10 - NCAA Tournament Appearances
  • 31 - NFHCA All-Americans
  • 5 - Big Ten Coach of the Year
  • 2 - Olympic Appearances
  • 2 - World Cup Appearances
  • 2004 - USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame inductee

Assistant Coaches

Ryan Langford

Assistant Coach

Ryan Langford is in his seventh season as an assistant coach at Michigan. Since his arrival in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines have captured a pair of Big Ten titles (2010, ’11) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament four times. A seven-year member of the USA Field Hockey men’s national team (1994-99, 2001-03), Langford boasts 26 international caps and, as U.S. team captain, he contributed to the men’s national team’s fifth-place showing at the 1999 Pan-American Games and, in 2001, was part of a team that qualified for the World Cup.

Lucia Belassi White

Assistant Coach

Lucia Belassi White is in her sixth season as an assistant coach for the Wolverines. During her tenure on the coaching staff, Michigan has won two Big Ten titles (2010, ’11) and made four trips to the NCAA Tournament. As a Wolverine student-athlete (2004-07), White garnered NFHCA first-team All-America honors and was named the 2007 Big Ten Co-Player of the Year. She led U-M in goals and points as a junior and a senior, accumulating 33 career goals, 19 assists and 85 points.