June 26,2014(ISN) – VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds are pleased to announce the hiring of Robin D’Abreo
as the new head coach of the women’s field hockey program. A former Canadian
international player and Olympian, D’Abreo joins the Thunderbirds with eight years
of national team coaching experience at Field Hockey Canada.
D’Abreo most recently was the assistant coach for the Canadian senior women’s
national team. He will remain with the team through the Commonwealth Games in
Glasgow, Scotland later this month. He replaces Hash Kanjee, who retired from UBC
this year after 21 years as the head coach.
“I’ve been a big fan of this program for a long time,” said D’Abreo. “Hash Kanjee,
and Gail Wilson before him, have left some big shoes to fill creating a very
successful program. Just as importantly, it’s a program that, through passionate and
dedicated alumni support, strong leadership, and steadfast commitment from it
current athletes, has invested in both growing the sport and bringing the community
together. I hope to carry on this tradition.”
“Robin’s extensive experience as both a player and a coach with Field Hockey Canada
is going to be very beneficial for both our program and our student-athletes,” said
Theresa Hanson, Associate Director, Athletics. “We are thrilled to have Robin on
board and I look forward to working with him on carrying on a tradition of
A graduate of the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Applied Science, D’Abreo
played 237 games for the Canadian senior men’s national team over 13 years including
competing at the Olympic Games (2000), World Cup (1998), and Commonwealth Games
(1998, 2002, 2006).
Currently working toward his level 4 coaching certification, his coaching career
began while he was still playing. First working with Field Hockey BC before joining
Field Hockey Canada. He held a number of roles with the FHC including head coach of
the men’s senior national team, assistant coach for the women’s senior national
team, Director of sport development, and head coach of the women’s U17 national
team. He will remain on with Field Hockey Canada as a program coach.
“I’m very grateful for the investment Field Hockey Canada has made in me,” said
D’Abreo. “They gave me the opportunity to lead and grow through multiple positions
within the organization. The experience will serve me well in this new role and I
will continue to value and invest in many of the relationships I have built with
both leadership and athletes alike within the organization.”
D’Abreo will have the advantage of being very familiar with a number of UBC players
who currently play on the women’s national team, including 2013 CIS All-Canadian
“I’m looking forward to working with our talented team of athletes and staff at UBC
to create an environment dedicated to continuous improvement and the collective
pursuit of excellence.”
The three-time defending CIS champion Thunderbirds open up the 2014 Canada West
field hockey season September 20 at home against the University of Victoria.