Higgins named women's hockey head coach


By Communications Staff
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Chris Higgins, a statistics professor with the Richard Ivey School of Business, has been named the new head coach of the Western Mustangs women's hockey team.
Higgins says he is excited about the opportunity.
"Paul Cook has done an outstanding job putting together the foundation of this team," he says. "I hope to build on this foundation and take the team to the next level."
Therese Quigley, the Director of Sports and Recreation Services at The University of Western Ontario, says Higgins will carry on with the strong work of Cook, who previously served as the head coach for seven seasons.
“With his ties already in the hockey community, proven success in coaching and great relationships on campus through his role in Ivey, Chris was the ideal candidate for this position,” says Quigley. “We are excited to see Chris take the opportunity and look forward to watching him bring the Mustangs women’s hockey team to the next level.”
Higgins has his advanced coaching certification and has won five OWHA Provincial Medals in 17 years coaching experience in women’s hockey.
An experienced junior- and minor-league women's hockey coach in London, Higgins was the women's team's associate coach during the varsity team's inaugural season, and he also served as an assistant coach with the Mustangs men's team, between 2006-2008 on a full-time basis, and on a part-time basis until 2010.
Higgins was a founding executive member of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League and as a coach has graduated more than 20 players to NCCA and CIS hockey programs.

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