Dan Church continues to move the York women’s hockey program up the standings and will look to make another step forward in his seventh season with the team in 2010-11.
In each of his six previous seasons the Lions have improved their regular-season record from the year before. Last season, the team was third in the OUA and climbed as high as No. 7 in the national rankings.
In June 2009, Church was named the head coach of Canada’s national women’s under-18 team and he recently led the squad to the gold medal at the IIHF under-18 women’s world hockey championship, Canada’s first women’s world title in that age group.
Church has plenty of international experience with Canadian women’s national teams at a number of different age levels. In 2009, he served as the head coach of the Canadian team at the 24th FISU Winter Universiade in Harbin, China and led the squad to the gold medal in the inaugural event. He also oversaw a selection camp for the team in the summer of 2008 at York University.
Church was also head coach of the Canadian national under-22 women’s team. That squad went 7-0 with Church at the helm, sweeping a series against the United States before winning the European Air Canada Cup in Germany. In August of 2006 he served as an assistant coach at Hockey Canada’s under-22 national team evaluation camp. That team went on to win a gold medal at the Air Canada Cup in Germany in January 2007.
A NCCP level four certified coach, Church served as an assistant with the University of Toronto women’s hockey program for seven years prior to taking over the head coaching duties at York. During that time, the Varsity Blues won four OUA titles and captured the CIS national championship in 2001.
Church is also an assistant coach with the Canadian National Standing Amputee hockey team and the president of the CIS Women’s Ice Hockey Coaches’ Association.
In addition to his role of head coach, Church serves as academic service co-ordinator at York, where he assists in providing academic resources for interuniversity athletes.
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