Lisa Jordan named new women's hockey coach
TORONTO - Ryerson University announced today that Lisa Jordan, who has amassed one of the best winning records in Canadian women's hockey, will be the new head coach of the Ryerson women's hockey team for the 2011-12 season.
"Lisa will be a wonderful addition to the Ryerson coaching ranks," said Dr. Ivan Joseph, Director of Athletics at Ryerson University. "Lisa's proven history of success, winning and leadership in women's hockey will be a great asset not just for our women's team but for our athletic program and the university as a whole."
Jordan joins Ryerson just prior to the women's hockey team entering varsity competition in the fall of 2011. She was most recently head coach at Saint Mary's University and is a coach with the Canadian National Women's Team program.
"I am really thrilled about the opportunity to coach at Ryerson University. I feel very fortunate that the opportunity was available," said Jordan. "There's a lot of work to be done to prepare this team for next year and we'll know more about where we stand after training camp. But for now, I can promise it's going to be a very exciting season for everyone involved in women's hockey at Ryerson."
In 14 seasons as head coach of the Saint Mary's women's hockey team, Jordan led the Huskies to eight appearances in the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) finals, capturing the league title in 1998, 2003, 2004 and 2010. She also coached Saint Mary's at four Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national championship tournaments. A two-time AUS coach of the year and CIS coach of the year in 2003, Jordan guided the Huskies to an impressive record of 118 wins, 52 losses and 11 ties over the last nine seasons.
Jordan is currently serving as an assistant coach with the Canadian national senior women's team, which opens its selection camp for the upcoming world championship on Saturday in Toronto.
As an assistant coach with Team Canada, Jordan won gold at the 2010 IIHF World Women's Under-18 Championship. She also won gold at the 2007 Four Nations Cup and silver at the 2008 IIHF world championship with the senior women's team. As head coach of Canada's National Women's Under-22 Team in 2005-06, she won a gold medal at the Air Canada Cup.
The current coach of the Ryerson women's hockey team, Stephanie White, will continue with the team as an associate coach, allowing her more time to focus on her full-time marketing management responsibilities in Ryerson's Athletics department, including playing a key role in the on-going development of the Ryerson University Athletics and Recreation Centre at Maple Leaf Gardens.
"Stephanie White has done an outstanding job coaching and developing Ryerson's women's hockey program. She's an incredibly valuable member of our organization," said Joseph. "Under her leadership, the women's hockey team went from being a CIS probationary club to qualifying for varsity status. I am delighted that we will continue to benefit from her talents."
The Ryerson women's hockey program began competition in September of 2007 in Toronto's Golden Blades Women's Hockey League. The team will make the jump to Ontario University Athletics (OUA) for the 2011-12 season. Ryerson finished first in their division this season with an undefeated regular season record of 21-0-3 and will compete for the league title this weekend at the final four championship.
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