CANADIAN SPORT CENTRE ATLANTIC INVESTS IN FEMALE HOCKEY DEVELOPMENT WITH NEW POSITION
Nova Scotia native Troy Ryan accepts role of Atlantic Canada female coach mentor
Halifax, N.S. – The Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic, in collaboration with Hockey Canada and its members in the Atlantic provinces – Hockey New Brunswick, Hockey Newfoundland Labrador, Hockey Nova Scotia, and Hockey P.E.I. – are investing in the development of female players and coaches in the area with the hiring of Nova Scotia native Troy Ryan in the role of Atlantic Canada female coach mentor.
The role entails the planning and preparation of coach development sessions; providing leadership to the Atlantic members and mentorship of the coaching staff of the female U18 Team Atlantic; scouting duties for Canada’s National Women’s Team programs in the area; and providing mentoring and leadership for on- and off-ice training for female players and coaches of female teams in Atlantic Canada, among other responsibilities.
“This role fulfils a link between Hockey Canada’s national women’s programs, its provincial members, and the players and coaches who are developing in the Atlantic provinces,” said Ken Bagnell, President, Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic. “The position was created to ensure we are evolving our high-performance path for young female hockey talent in alignment with the national high-performance strategy. That, in turn, inspires more young girls to pick up the game as they are inspired by local players who are evolving onto the national and international stage. Providing an experienced resource to developing female hockey coaches is also a key priority.”
Ryan brings 18 years of coaching and management to the position, with a resume spanning Junior A and varsity hockey, as well international experience with the National Women’s Team camps and Hockey Canada’s World Junior A Challenge and World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Ryan was also head coach of Team Atlantic at the 2015 National Women’s Under-18 Championship, and coached Team Nova Scotia’s female team at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
A former player with Saint Mary’s University Huskies and the New Brunswick Reds, Ryan holds the NCCP High-Performance II coaching certification.
“I am excited about this new opportunity and the challenges that come with it,” said Ryan. “I look forward to working closely with each provincial branch, designing and implementing initiatives that will progress the female game throughout Atlantic Canada. It is an exciting time for female hockey in our region, and I am honoured to take on a key leadership role.”
Ryan will be based out of the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic offices in Halifax, and begins in his new role on June 1, 2016.
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