Quinnipiac Field Hockey's Cheryl Canada Promoted To Associate Head Coach

HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac field hockey head coach Becca Main has announced the promotion of Cheryl Canada to associate head coach. Canada, a 2006 graduate of Quinnipiac, will begin her seventh season on Main's coaching staff in 2014.

"We have been incredibly fortunate to have alumnus Cheryl Canada, a former student-athlete at Quinnipiac,  to help guide and mentor our athletes over the past six years," Main said. "She exemplifies all the qualities we hope to enhance and see grow in our athletes each year. Cheryl's promotion to Associate Head Coach comes at a very exciting time for our program and her recent mentoring of our new assistant coach, Alicia Angelini only solidifies my opinion that she is invaluable to our program."

Canada's primary responsibilities has focused on the team's attack. A former four-year stand-out for the Bobcats as a forward, Canada mentored 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year Jess Rusin, All-MAAC forward Danielle Allan as well as All-NEC stand-out Katie Notarianni '12. In addition to her work with the forwards, Canada's other responsibilities include daily practice design for Quinnipiac goalkeepers, which included 2012 Northeast Conference Goalkeeper of the Year Nicole Lewis and 2013 MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year Megan Conaboy, who will return for her junior season in 2014.

"With this title change will come more responsibility in the recruiting of our student-athletes and a renewed commitment to our traditions in alumni affairs," Main said. "Cheryl is the first associate head coach in our program's history and I cannot think of a more worthy individual to spearhead the position and our team's future."

In addition to practice planning, Canada will play a pivotal role in recruiting future student-athletes to Quinnipiac. In addition, Canada is responsible for the team's Positive Play programs – designed to encourage community involvement. Canada has been the driving force behind Quinnipiac field hockey's "Be The Match" Bone Marrow drive over the last five years, as well as the Play4TheCure Breast Cancer Awareness games over the last six years. Canada has also coordinated the team's participation in Library Day in Connecticut, visiting the North Branford Library, as well as the recent Sandy Hook 5K Memorial Run. Canada will also coordinate all logistics for team travel as well as all team-building activities.

A forward for Quinnipiac, Canada was proficient at the right wing and was known for her powerful cross ball as well as her speed in transition. During her time as a Bobcat, Quinnipiac won the 2003 Northeast Conference Championship and competed in the NCAA Division I play-in game.

Prior to returning to Quinnipiac, Canada was an assistant coach at North Branford (Conn.) High School, where she also attended, for field hockey and lacrosse in 2005-07. While coaching the North Branford field hockey team, they captured the 2006 Class S State Championship, their first state title in 30 years.

In 2007-08 Canada served as the first assistant for the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. In 2012, Canada earned her USA Field Hockey Level 2 certification. She has been involved with the USA Field Hockey for the past six years serving as a coach for the Futures Program. For the past 3 years, Canada has served as Head Coach and Site Director for the Connecticut U19, U16 and U14 site.