Source: Dan Elliott, UBC Manager, Media Relations /Photo credit Wilson Wong

VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds are pleased to announce thehiring of Robin D’Abreo as the new head coach of the women’s fieldhockey program. A former Canadian international player andOlympian, D’Abreo joins the Thunderbirds with eight years ofnational team coaching experience at Field Hockey Canada.

D’Abreo most recently was the assistant coach for the Canadiansenior women’s national team. He will remain with the team throughthe Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland later this month. Hereplaces Hash Kanjee, who retired from UBC this year after 21 yearsas the head coach.

“I’ve been a big fan of this program for a long time,” saidD’Abreo. “Hash Kanjee and Gail Wilson before him, have left somebig shoes to fill creating a very successful program. Just asimportantly, it’s a program that, through passionate and dedicatedalumni support, strong leadership, and steadfast commitment from itcurrent athletes, has invested in both growing the sport andbringing the community together. I hope to carry on thistradition.”

“Robin’s extensive experience as both a player and a coach withField Hockey Canada is going to be very beneficial for both ourprogram and our student-athletes,” said Theresa Hanson, AssociateDirector, Athletics. “We are thrilled to have Robin on board and Ilook forward to working with him on carrying on a tradition ofexcellence.”

A graduate of the University of Toronto with a Bachelor ofApplied Science, D’Abreo played 237 games for the Canadian seniormen’s national team over 13 years including competing at theOlympic Games (2000), World Cup (1998), and Commonwealth Games(1998, 2002, 2006).

Currently working toward his level 4 coaching certification, hiscoaching career began while he was still playing. First workingwith Field Hockey BC before joining Field Hockey Canada. He held anumber of roles with the FHC including head coach of the men’ssenior national team, assistant coach for the women’s seniornational team, Director of sport development, and head coach of thewomen’s U17 national team. He will remain on with Field HockeyCanada as a program coach.

“I’m very grateful for the investment Field Hockey Canada hasmade in me,” said D’Abreo. “They gave me the opportunity to leadand grow through multiple positions within the organization. The experience will serve me well in this new role and I willcontinue to value and invest in many of the relationships I havebuilt with both leadership and athletes alike within theorganization.”

D’Abreo will have the advantage of being very familiar with anumber of UBC players who currently play on the women’s nationalteam, including 2013 CIS All-Canadian Hannah Haughn.

“I’m looking forward to working with our talented team ofathletes and staff at UBC to create an environment dedicated tocontinuous improvement and the collective pursuit ofexcellence.”

The three-time defending CIS champion Thunderbirds open up the2014 Canada West field hockey season September 20 at home againstthe University of Victoria.