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July 11, 2018 | Rugby (W)

Jocelyn Barrieau named women's rugby head coach

Director of Recreation and Athletics D’Arcy Ryan is pleased to announce Jocelyn Barrieau has accepted the position of head coach of the Concordia Stingers women’s rugby program.

“Jocelyn is one of the most accomplished and respected rugby coaches in Quebec, and we are thrilled she has agreed to take over the leadership of the Stingers’ program,” said Ryan. “She is very passionate about the game and as a former elite university athlete, Jocelyn has a very good understanding of the commitments and pressures our students face. She is devoted to helping young athletes develop and succeed on and off the pitch.”

Barrieau has been involved in coaching for more than 10 years. She was head coach of the Dawson College women’s program from 2007 through 2011, winning four championships.

She joined the Concordia men’s program as an assistant in 2013 and worked diligently on skills and leadership development. She has also served as head coach of Concordia’s men’s and women’s 7s program since 2015.

At the provincial level she is currently the head coach of the women’s 7s program and also serves as technical director for the U16 and U18 women’s 15s programs.

“I accepted the Concordia job because I want to continue to contribute to making rugby strong in this province,” Barrieau said. “I also wanted to work in a daily environment with athletes.”

She has a strong vision of what she expects from the Stingers’ program.

“The first goal is to ensure a 100 per cent graduation rate,” she said. “When the student-athletes leave university, we want them to have a great base moving forward so they can go out and achieve whatever they want in the world.”

Barrieau takes over the program immediately. The first chance to see her Stingers in regular season action is Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. when Concordia hosts the McGill Martlets in the home-opener.