Laura Branchaud retires as field hockey head coach

Laura Branchaud has retired as head coach of Carleton University’s women’s field hockey team. Branchaud has been affiliated with the Carleton University women’s field hockey program for four years, two as an assistant to Terry Wheatley-Magee and the past two as head coach.

“It’s certainly something I’m going to miss. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the team,” says Branchaud, who also works full-time in Carleton’s Department of University Safety as Community Liaison Officer. “Certainly the best part is watching the players developing…I will miss working with the younger players and seeing them improve.”

After the graduation of many veteran team members in 2002, the Ravens spent the last two years trying to rebuild after finishing the previous three years (1999-2002) as OUA East regular season champions. During Branchaud’s two years as head coach, two players were named OUA All-Stars and numerous members of the team qualified for Academic All-Canadian Status and Raven Fund Awards.

Branchaud has been actively involved in field hockey since 1972. She was a member of Canada’s women’s field hockey team as a forward, and participated in two Olympic Games in 1984 and 1988.

“We thank Laura for her hard work and dedication to the field hockey program and wish her well in her future endeavors,” said Gail Blake, Assistant Director of Athletics (Sport). A search for a new head coach will commence immediately.

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