Friday, June 08, 2007
Photo: Wilson (right) with Clare Drake, former National Team and University of Alberta Head Coach.
BC Hockey would like to congratulate Nancy Wilson of Langley, BC on being selected as Assistant Coach of the National Female Team for the 2007-2008 season. Nancy is the Provincial Coach in BC and is actively involved in the development and implementation of the BC Hockey Female High Performance Program.
When asked about her appointment Nancy stated, “This is a great opportunity for me, I am really excited to be working with this very talented team staff and the best players in our country.”
She also believes this is a positive building block for the province, “Having been involved with the BC Hockey High Performance Program I’ve had the opportunity to work and learn from some very experienced coaches,” said Wilson. We have been together to develop our female athletes, as well as coaches, trainers, and officials.”
BC Hockey is proud of Nancy and credits this appointment to not only her exceptional understanding of the game but also her hard work and dedication to the development of Female Hockey Players.
This is not the first time Wilson has coached at the National level, she has been an assistant coach with the National Women’s Under-22 Team from 1999-2001 and returned in 2006-07, working as an assistant coach under Peter Smith (McGill, CIS) during the August exhibition series before taking the reins as head coach and leading Canada to a gold medal at the 2007 European Air Canada Cup.
Smith will act as head coach along with Lisa Jordan as the other assistant for Team Canada 2007-2008. The team will compete at the 2008 IIHF World Women’s Championship in Harbin, China, the 2007 4 Nations Cup in Sweden and all National Women’s Team camps for the upcoming season.
The announcement will allow Melody Davidson the opportunity to step aside from her coaching duties with the National Team, and focus more on her role as General Manager and working with the U18 and U22 players in the women’s program. Davidson will serve as the head coach for Canada’s first-ever National Women’s Under-18 Team, which will compete at the inaugural IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship, to be held in Canada (location TBD) in January 2008.
“Peter Smith, Lisa Jordan and Nancy Wilson have worked very hard to get to this level, and I look forward to closely working with them during the coming season, but at the same time I’m looking forward to concentrating my efforts this season on our overall women’s program and development,” said Melody Davidson, General Manager of Canada’s National Women’s Team Programs. “By having Peter as the head coach of our national team this season, it will afford me the opportunity to work more with all of our programs in my capacity as General Manager as well working with Julie Healy on our overall preparations leading up to the 2010 Olympics.”
Head coach of the women’s hockey team at McGill University, Peter Smith was an assistant coach under Davidson during the 2006-07 season, which included gold medals at the 2006 4 Nations Cup in Kitchener, ON and 2007 IIHF World Women’s Championship in Winnipeg and Selkirk, MB. He also served as an assistant coach with Canada at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, capturing a gold medal.
Smith has led the Martlets to the CIS women’s championship tournament in seven of the past eight seasons, including a silver medal performance at the 2007 tournament, and was named CIS Coach of the Year in 2002-03. He has also been a coach with Team Quebec at three Esso Women’s Nationals, winning a gold medal as head coach in 2002 and silver medals as an assistant coach in 2000 and 2001.
Lisa Jordan, head coach of the women’s hockey team at St. Mary’s University for the last 10 seasons, has previous experience with Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team, having served as an assistant coach from 2003-2005, and as head coach at the 2006 European Air Canada Cup, where Canada won a gold medal. She has led the Huskies to three Atlantic University Sport (AUS) championships (1998, 2002, 2003), including a perfect 16-0 season in 2002-2003, when she was named both AUS and CIS Coach of the Year.
Nancy Wilson, is the provincial head coach for BC Hockey, and acted as female high performance coordinator for years prior. In addition Wilson acts as an associate coach at the University of British Columbia (CIS) and has NWHL and WWHL experience with the Vancouver Griffins and B.C. Breakers, respectively, and was the head coach for Team BC at the 1999 Canada Winter Games.
For more information on Hockey Canada and the National Women’s Program, visit Hockey Canada’s official website at www.hockeycanada.ca.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the BC Hockey High Performance Program.