In just her second season at Stanford, Amy Bokker led the Cardinal back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006. The Cardinal also achieved a program best No. 8 national ranking during the season.
Bokker led the Cardinal to a 15-6 record in 2010, which included a MPSF tournament title. Stanford then advanced to the NCAA play-in game versus Massachusetts. The Cardinal won the play-in game to advance to the NCAA tournament with a game at seventh-seeded James Madison. Stanford led at halftime, but in the end fell just short of advancing, suffering a tough 9-8 loss to JMU.
Despite the loss, the Cardinal celebrated one of its best year's in school history. Bokker was again named MPSF coach of the year, while coaching Lauren Schmidt to her second-straight conference player of the year honor. The Cardinal women defeated three ranked teams during the season and the 15 wins was a school record. Five Cardinal players were named to the IWLCA All-Region teams, including first teamers, Schmidt and goalkeeper Annie Read. Schmidt was also named third-team All-America by the IWLCA.
In 2009, Bokker led Stanford to its fifth consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title and a then school-record tying 14-4 record that was thought to be enough to earn an NCAA bid. When Stanford completed its season with a win over No. 3 Penn, the Cardinal believed it had earned its second NCAA tournament berth in school history, but did not receive and at-large invitation.
During her first season, Bokker was named MPSF coach of the year and coached Schmidt to her first conference player of the year award. In addition, Bokker coached three IWLCA All-Region honorees, including Maris Perlman and Schmidt who were named to the first team.
In addition to her role as the Stanford head coach, Bokker served as the assistant coach for the Canadian National Team in the 2009 FIL World Cup held in Prague, Czech Republic. The team captured the bronze medal, the first medal the country has won in 28 years. In 2010, Bokker was named an assistant coach for the United States Elite National Team. She will join head coach Ricky Fried and assistant coaches Jessica Wilk Strosberg and Liz Robertshaw to lead the American national squad in the 2013 FIL World Cup.
Building a program is nothing new to Bokker. She was in a similar situation when she took over the George Mason program in 1998 in Fairfax, Va., an area, which at that time did not have a strong lacrosse tradition.
Bokker made an immediate impact, guiding the Patriots to the first winning record in school history, with an 8-7 mark. During her tenure at George Mason, Bokker's squads maintained their status as one of the nation's consistently strong 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.
At George Mason, Bokker coached nine All-Americans, two Academic All-Americans, a
Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year, two CAA Defensive Players of the Year and a CAA Rookie of the Year. In all, Bokker coached 18 first-team all-conference players and her players totaled 48 all-conference honors.
Before her arrival at George Mason, Bokker served as the head lacrosse coach at American University for a season, leading the Eagles to a school-best 8-8 record, earning the 1997 CAA Coach of the Year. During her time at American, Bokker was also the assistant coach for field hockey.
The former Amy Umbach is a native of Phoenixville, Pa., where she was a three-sport high school star, in lacrosse, field hockey and swimming. She was a two-time All-CAA first-team choice at William and Mary, where she also played field hockey.. She was also named a BRINE/IWLCA All-American her senior season. She earned her master's degree from George Mason in exercise, fitness and health promotion in 2007. Bokker is the sixth head coach in the 16-year history of varsity women's lacrosse at Stanford. Bokker and her husband, Scott, were married on June 12, 2004. The couple has a son, Chase, and a daughter, Alexis.