Keli Smith Puzo

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Selinsgrove, PA

playing experience

  • Played for Team USA for over 10 years
    • Two-time Olympian (2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics)
    • Two-time World Cup participant (2002 in Perth and 2006 in Madrid)
    • Multiple Pan American Games, Champions’ Challenges, Olympic Qualifiers and continental tournaments
    • Played in almost 200 international matches. Retired from the national team in 2012
    • Named to the Pan American All-Star Team (2007)
    • Inducted into the United State Field Hockey Hall of Fame (2019)
    • Fun Fact: Gave birth to 2 sons, Xavi (born in 2010) and Ian (born in 2011), between the Beijing and London Olympics.
  • Played at the University of Maryland 
    • NCAA National Champion, 1999
    • Three-time NCAA DI All-American
    • Three-year team captain
    • Four-time ACC Champion
    • Four-time All-ACC Team
    • Inducted into the University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame (2021)

Inducted into Selinsgrove High Athletic Inaugural Hall of Fame Class (2023)

coaching experience

  • Coached at various Division 1 college programs
    • Miami University (2012-2016)
    • University of Virginia (2010)
    • American University (2005)
    • Georgetown University (2004)
  • Founded FHL in 2008 while playing for the National Team.
  • USA Field Hockey Level II Coaching Certification
  • USA Field Hockey Certified Coach Educator
  • Founded the non-profit youth, educational program, The Happy Hockey Organization (2021)

personal notes

Resides in Oxford, OH with her husband, Iñako, their two sons, Xavi and Ian, and their dog Indio.  Keli enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, staying active, and entertaining/cooking.