The American Street Hockey Institute is pleased to announce Gwen Ranquist-Lemieux has been named the new Head Coach for the Women’s National team at the World Championships in Pardubice, Czech Republic. The tournament takes place in 2017.
Gwen comes to our program with over 27 years of playing and coaching both ball and ice hockey. Her coaching credentials include:
- Hockey Canada High Performance 1 and Level 3 Theory
- Assistant coach in 1999 for Team British Columbia at the Canada Winter Games.
- Numerous Provincial, Western Canadian and National Championships.
For the very first Women’s Ball Hockey World Championship held in Pittsburgh 2005, Gwen led her team to the Gold medal. In 2006, she became the Head Coach of Team USA, and was responsible for organizing and conducting team training camps to prepare and compete in Ratingen, Germany in 2007.
At the last World Championship in Zug, Switzerland in 2015, Gwen was the General Manager of Team Canada and successfully selected her staff and players, which culminated in a gold-medal performance.
Gwen noted that this crop of United States players is poised to perform well next year, “The USA players are way overdue for a medal performance. This next family of players selected to represent Team USA will be chosen carefully. Each will be leaders, skilled in all facets of the game and also be exemplary followers. This, I believe, will be the added value that will move this team forward to success.”
Women’s Division General Manager Jason Kelly is excited about the addition of Gwen to the program.
“Coach Gwen returning to the USA program as the Head Coach after an absence since 2007 is fantastic. Gwen has a significant amount of high level ball hockey and ice hockey coaching experience. She’s also played for Team Canada Women Masters and has been the General Manager of Team Canada Women’s Ball Hockey which won the Gold medal in 2015 in Zug. One of the key reasons that she was selected, besides her stellar coaching resume, was because of the bonds she forged with her 2007 USA players and how that whole team still stays in touch and gets together from time to time. Very much like a family with Gwen staying friends with many players and still to this day playing with each other and with Gwen in high level ice hockey events. That bond shows what her players think of her and shows that she can build a team and family as good or better than anyone.”
Assistant General Manager Angelo Terrana added, “I am thrilled to have Gwen returning to the bench for the USA Women’s program. Her knowledge of the game is second to none and the way she connects with the players will raise the bar for our expectations in 2017. Seeing what she has helped build in Canada over the years should have everyone excited for the possibilities that lie ahead.”
In addition to her hockey background, Gwen is a retired Sergeant from the Vancouver Police Department with 29-years experience. She has two daughters and lives in New Westminster, BC Canada.