Former Olympian Sarah Vaillancourt named head coach
Stanstead College is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Vaillancourt as head coach of the Girls Hockey Spartans.
Ms. Vaillancourt served as assistant coach of the Spartans this past season in addition to acting as fitness and conditioning coach and assisting in the school’s Athletic Department.
Ms. Vaillancourt will replace head coach Scott Bridgeman, who is planning to return to his native Ontario at the end of the current school year.
Raised in Sherbrooke, Que., Ms. Vaillancourt was a member of the Canadian women’s national team, with whom she won gold medals at the 2006 Olympics in Torino and 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. A graduate of psychology at Harvard University, she was named the Ivy League Player of the Year in 2008 and ECAC Hockey Player of the Year in 2009. In 2011, she was named MVP at the Clarkson Cup as a member of the Montreal Stars. She retired from the national team last year.
This past season, Ms. Vaillancourt helped coach the Spartans to the McMaster Division title in the North American Prep Hockey Association. The girls also won the prestigious Northwood Tournament at Lake Placid, NY.
“Sarah has been a wonderful addition to Stanstead College in so many areas,” said Coordinator of Hockey Operations James Rioux. “Her technical expertise on and off the ice is outstanding, but she brings much more to the school than just hockey. She connects with students on so many levels and is a passionate communicator with strong organizational skills. Our student athletes will all benefit from her honest approach and passion.”
In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Ms. Vaillancourt will teach and carry out various residential and other academic duties, including acting as an advisor, tutor and ESL instructor.
Olympian Sarah Vaillancourt, who won two gold medals with Canada’s Olympic hockey team, has been named the head coach of Stanstead College’s Girls Hockey Spartans.