June 16, 2008
STANFORD, Calif.- The Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics Bob Bowlsby has announced the hiring of Amy Bokker as head coach of the Stanford lacrosse program.
Bokker arrives on The Farm after serving as the head coach of George Mason for the past 11 seasons.
"Amy brings a wealth of experience and success to Stanford and we are excited to have her get started," said Bowlsby. "Amy's George Mason teams had a well-deserved reputation for strategic excellence and athletic prowess. We are looking forward to Amy's leadership of our lacrosse program and we are confident that she can lead our team to distinctive successes."
"I am certainly grateful for this opportunity and would like to thank Bob Bowlsby and Scott Schuhmann for being so welcoming to me and my family throughout the entire process," said Bokker. "I look forward to becoming a part of the Stanford community and family. I look forward to building a nationally competitive program, continue to establish tradition and bring Stanford lacrosse to the same level of success as other sports in the department."
Bokker had been at the helm of the George Mason program since the 1998 campaign. She made an immediate impact in her debut season, guiding the Patriots to their first winning record in school history with an 8-7 mark. Bokker, 86-94 in 11 seasons at George Mason and 94-102 overall as a head coach, followed that up with an impressive No. 14 national ranking in the final 1999 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association poll.
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 this past season.
The Patriots finished the 2008 campaign at 12-5 overall, representing the winningest season in school history. In addition to the school-record 12 wins, George Mason tied the school record for conference wins going 5-2 in Colonial Athletic Association play. George Mason, which jumped out to an 8-1 start, reached its highest national ranking in school history earlier this year, checking in at No. 9 in both polls.
Under Bokker's guidance, George Mason's four First-Team All-CAA performers (Megan Bartlett, Brittany Berger, Maggie Bridges and Laura King) were the most of any team in the conference. Bridges was named the CAA Defender of the Year for leading a Patriot defense that ranked sixth in the nation in caused turnovers per game and seventh in ground balls per game. In addition, three members of the Patriots' talented freshman class (Chelsea Gamble, Caitlin Hoffen and Madalyn Jamison) earned CAA All-Rookie honors.
While at George Mason, Bokker annually developed players who achieved all-conference honors and all-academic recognition. At least two players were named All-CAA selections every year during her tenure and the Patriots were well-represented with several IWLCA Academic Honor Roll and Verizon Academic All-American selections. Bokker's 2004 squad received the IWLCA Team Academic Award for having a 3.0 or above team GPA, a feat that was repeated by the 2006 team.
Meg Dentler, a two-time All-American, was the first George Mason player to be honored as CAA Player of the Year (2005) while Jill Toomey, who graduated as the program's all-time points and goals scored leader, became the first Patriot to earn more than one IWLCA All-America honor after receiving the nod to the third and second teams in 2002 and 2003, respectively.
Before her arrival at George Mason, Bokker served as the head coach at American. In her first season, she led the Eagles to a school-best 8-8 record and was named the 1997 CAA Coach of the Year.
A native of Phoenixville, Pa., Bokker graduated from William & Mary in 1995 with a degree in kinesiology and a minor in biology, earning letters in both lacrosse and field hockey. During the four years she played lacrosse, her squad was ranked in the top-10 nationally and she helped guide the Tribe to two NCAA Tournament appearances. She was selected to numerous postseason all-star teams, garnered first-team All-South Region honors as a junior and senior and was named first-team All-CAA both years. She was also named a BRINE/IWLCA All-American her senior season.
A team captain during her final campaign, Bokker led the team in scoring as a junior and was second on the team as a senior. She finished her career with 97 points (74 goals, 23 assists). In field hockey, Bokker was a team captain during her senior season and a two-time All-CAA selection.
Following her graduation from William & Mary, she served as an assistant lacrosse and assistant field hockey coach at American. She was promoted to head lacrosse coach and associate field hockey coach in July 1996.
That year, Bokker was also one of 12 U.S. coaches selected by the Japanese Lacrosse Association to direct clinics in Tokyo, Japan, in conjunction with the 19-and-under World Lacrosse Championships. In 2009, Bokker will serve as an assistant coach for the Canadian National Team that will compete at the IFWLA World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic.
Bokker was a tri-sport star at Phoenixville High School, where she prepped as an All-American lacrosse player as a senior. She was also an all-area selection in field hockey as well as a four-year national swimmer.
During the offseason at George Mason, Bokker coordinated the highly successful "Change Your Level Lacrosse Camps". She is a certified high school official and serves on numerous IWLCA committees, including the Regional All-America Committee, where she has been chair since the 2004 campaign. She is also the secretary of the Board of the Potomac Chapter of US Lacrosse. In December of 1999, Bokker was one of five coaches chosen to speak at the IWLCA Coaches Clinic.
Bokker received her master's degree from George Mason in exercise, fitness and health promotion in December of 2007.
Bokker and her husband, Scott, were married on June 12, 2004. The couple has a son, Chase, and a daughter, Alexis.