For­mer Olympian Sarah Vail­lan­court named head coach

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Mur­ray Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion

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.

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