California field hockey coach Shellie Onstead has been selected as head coach of the Under-16 U.S. Men’s National Team for this spring. This is the third stint for Onstead as head coach. In 1999 and 2000, she was also appointed the same position en route to becoming the first woman in U.S. field hockey to be named head coach of a men’s team at any age level.
In her first year with the Under-16 squad, the U.S. Olympic Committee named Onstead the U.S. Field Hockey Association’s National Coach of the Year. This spring, she will take the team on tours to Holland and Canada for their respective annual tournaments.
“I’m thrilled and honored to be named again (as the head coach),” Onstead said. “It’s a good age group to work with and I’m glad that I have another chance to see if we could win the tournament in Holland.”
In addition to the head coaching position, Onstead was also selected by the USFHA to join the Senior Men’s National Team as an assistant coach. She will travel with the team in July to Scotland for the World Cup qualifier tournament.
At Cal, Onstead has been a part of the field hockey program for more than 20 years - three years as a player, 11 years as an assistant and six seasons as head coach. In 2000, she guided the Bears to their second consecutive undefeated NorPac Conference season and a runner-up spot in the NorPac Postseason Tournament.
In five years as head coach, Onstead has an overall record of 62-42, including a conference record of 23-9.