August 28, 2009

Bokker, Robertshaw, Wilk Join Team USA Staff

from press release

BALTIMORE – US Lacrosse is proud to announce the U.S. Women’s National Elite Team coaching staff. Liz Robertshaw, Amy Bokker and Jessica Wilk Strosberg will serve as assistant coaches alongside head coach, Ricky Fried. Wendy Stone has been named manager of the U.S. Elite Team.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Liz, Amy, Jess and Wendy,” said Fried. “I respect them so much. They each bring a tremendous amount of integrity, as well as collegiate and international experience. I look forward to working collaboratively with them to get the most out of each player and to help make their experience a positive one."

Robertshaw enters her fourth season as the head coach of the Boston University lacrosse team in 2010. She has led BU to a 46-13 (.780) record in her three years at the helm. A 10-year coaching veteran at the Division I level, Robertshaw received America East Coach of the Year honors last season and was tabbed to coach the North team in the annual IWLCA/Under Armour Division I North-South Senior All-Star Game.

Bokker will enter her second year at Stanford University this spring. She was named the 2009 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Coach of the Year after Stanford won its conference championship and finished the season ranked No. 13  in the country. Bokker served as head coach at George Mason from 1998 to 2008. During her tenure at George Mason, Bokker's squads maintained their status as one of the nation's elite programs, with six top-20 national finishes, including a final national ranking of No. 16 in 2008 when the Patriots went 12-5, setting a school record for single-season victories. During her 11 seasons at George Mason, Bokker compiled an 86-94 record and left as the winningest coach in the program's history. Bokker served as assistant coach for Team Canada during the 2009 FIL World Cup.

Jessica Wilk Strosberg had a standout career with the U.S. national team, playing on the 1993, 1997, 2001 and 2005 World Cup teams. Wilk won three World Cups with the U.S. team and was named to the all-world team following the 2005 World Cup. She was an All-American goalie at Maryland (1990) where she won an NCAA Division I national championship and served as team captain. In 1998, she won the Beth Allen award at the US Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament. In 2007 Wilk also served as assistant coach of the U.S. Under-19 World Championship winning team. Wilk was inducted into the University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005 and will be inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2009.

Stone was the manager of the 2009 U.S. Women’s World Cup team. She served as head women’s varsity lacrosse coach at the Birkshire School (Sheffield, Mass.) from 2007-2009. Stone currently serves as coach of the Lower New England teams for the US Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament and of the LadyRoc Rubies (2010) team. Stone is a 2005 graduate of Williams College where she played lacrosse, field hockey and ice hockey.

Fried was named head coach of the 2009-2013 U.S. Women’s National Elite Team in July after a six month-long selection process, which concluded following the 2009 Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup, where Fried served as one of the assistant coaches to the gold medal winning U.S. team. In five seasons as the head coach at Georgetown, Fried has led the Hoyas to a record of 62-30, three Big East conference championships and two trips to the NCAA quarterfinals. In 2009, the Hoyas went 13-6 and reached the NCAA tournament.

The U.S. women's national teams program is coordinated by US Lacrosse, the national governing body of the sport. deBeer Lacrosse is the official exclusive equipment and apparel supplier to the U.S. women's national teams program.

US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse has more than 300,000 members in 62 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. To learn more about US Lacrosse, please visit www.uslacrosse.org.


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