2016-2017 HOCKEY (W) COACHES
Julie Chu was named head coach of the Concordia Stingers women's hockey program on June 9, 2016.
Originally from Fairfield, Conn., she came to Concordia with an impressive hockey résumé from her time as a student-athlete at Harvard University and as an Olympian with Team USA.
Atalented defensive forward, Chu earned the Patty Kazmaier Award in 2007 as the best female collegiate hockey player in the United States. The prestigious honour capped off an exceptional four-year career for the three-time all-American. She finished her collegiate career as the all-time assist leader and point scorer in NCAA history with 284 points. (The record was surpassed in 2011).
Chu is tied as the second-most decorated U.S. female in Olympic Winter Games history. As a key member and assistant captain of Team USA, she won silver medals at the Olympic Games in 2002, 2010 and 2014, and a bronze in 2006. Chu also won five gold medals at IIHF world championships – 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013.
Chu served as the acting head coach of the Stingers for the 2015-16 campaign. She joined the legendary Les Lawton's coaching staff as an assistant in 2014 and her dedication and positive attitude had an immediate impact on the program.
Chu has been building her coaching résumé since she graduated from Harvard. She was an assistant coach for University of Minnesota Duluth and helped the Bulldogs win their fourth NCAA Division I national championship in 2008. She was also an assistant at Union College from 2010 to 2013. In summer of 2016, she coached at U.S. U18 development camps.
Chu graduated from Harvard with a bachelor's degree in Psychology.
"Having played university hockey, I understand the challenges of being a student-athlete," Chu said. “It's a full-time commitment to find the balance of being prepared to excel on the ice as well as in the classroom.
"I took pride in being a student-athlete and aim to instill that same sense of pride in our players."