Cheryl Canada enters her eighth season as a member of the Quinnipiac coaching staff. An offensive specialist with a strong technical knowledge and a wealth of local and national coaching experience, Canada was promoted to associate head coach in December 2014.
Canada’s primary responsibilities has focused on the team’s attack. A former four-year stand-out for the Bobcats as a forward, Canada mentored 2014 All-MAAC First Team performer Danielle Allan, 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year Jess Rusin, All-MAAC forward Danielle Allan as well as All-NEC stand-out Katie Notarianni ’12. In addition to her work with the forwards, Canada’s other responsibilities include daily practice design for Quinnipiac goalkeepers, which included 2012 Northeast Conference Goalkeeper of the Year Nicole Lewis and two-time MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year Megan Conaboy, who will return for her final season in 2015.
In addition to practice planning, Canada plays a pivotal role in recruiting future student-athletes to Quinnipiac.
In addition, Canada is responsible for the team’s Positive Play programs – designed to encourage community involvement. Canada has been the driving force behind Quinnipiac field hockey’s “Be The Match” Bone Marrow drive over the last six years, as well as the Play4TheCure Breast Cancer Awareness games over the last seven years. Canada has also coordinated the team’s participation in Library Day in Connecticut, visiting the North Branford Library and the 1st Annual Dodgeball Tournament. Canada will also coordinate all logistics for team travel as well as all team-building activities.
During her time as an attacking Bobcat, Quinnipiac won the 2003 Northeast Conference Championship and competed in the NCAA Division I play-in game that same season.
Prior to returning to Quinnipiac, Canada was an assistant coach at North Branford (Conn.) High School, where she also attended, for field hockey and lacrosse in 2005-07. While coaching the North Branford field hockey team, they captured the 2006 Class S State Championship, their first state title in 30 years.
In 2007-08 Canada served as the first assistant for the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. In 2012, Canada earned her USA Field Hockey Level 2 certification. She has been involved with the USA Field Hockey for the past eight years serving as a coach for the Futures Program. For the past five years, Canada has served as Head Coach and Site Director for the Connecticut U19, U16 and U14 site.
Canada graduated from Quinnipiac with a bachelor’s degree in 2006. Cheryl and her husband Zac reside in North Branford, CT.