The transition to a new head coach has been made this offseason for the Olds College Broncos women's hockey team. Their first two seasons in the ACAC were played under the direction of Sarah Hilworth. After she left in June for a job at the University of New Brunswick, the Broncos announced the hiring of former University of Windsor assistant coach Chris Leeming in August.
This year's first home exhibition game for Olds College's ACAC women's hockey team is coming up on Saturday, September 23rd at 2pm against the Rocky Mountain Raiders from Okotoks.
In August, the Broncos hired Chris Leeming as their new Head Coach.
After four years as an assistant coach with the University of Windsor's women's hockey team the 27 year old from Harrow, Ontario felt he was ready to take the next step in his career.
During the job interview process this summer, Leeming says he wanted to demonstrate to Olds College that he was ready to become a Head Coach.
Leeming arrived on the Olds College campus at the start of September and says he observed the first two practices to get a feel for the team.
Both assistant coaches from last season - Kendall Newell and Allyson Bendfeld - have returned to help support Leeming during his first year.
Broncos Athletic Director Linda Henderson was impressed with Leeming's four years of experience as an assistant coach at the U Sport Canada program level with the University of Windsor.
She says it has been an interesting transition but they did make sure to involve their student athletes in the process.
Henderson explains what her expectations are this season for Olds College women's hockey team.
The Broncos women's hockey team participated in a series of games between opponents from various leagues during the second weekend in September at NAIT in Edmonton. Olds College lost 2-1 to the Edge School, beat the Sherwood Park Steele 2-1 and tied the Northern Alberta Xtreme 3-3.
The Olds College Broncos ACAC women's hockey team opens up the 2017-2018 regular season with a home and home series versus the SAIT Trojans on October 5th in Olds and October 7th in Calgary.
In 2016-2017, Olds College was last in the five team conference with a 4-19-1 record. The Broncos inaugural season of ACAC women's hockey also saw them place fifth as they went 5-18-1.
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