EDMONTON, AB (March 5, 2020) – The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) is proud to announce Chris Leeming of the Olds College Broncos has been named the ACAC Women's Hockey Coach of the Year.
This was Chris Leeming's third season leading the Broncos women's hockey program at Olds College. He has helped build a strong culture on the team, working to build a winning culture not just on the ice but also in the classroom and community. Leeming has impressed a strong work ethic on the team. The women have strong visibility in the town of Olds, joyfully serving at community events, as well as with Special Olympics, minor hockey and other volunteer opportunities. The team can also be found cheering on their fellow-student-athletes and being good stewards around the Olds College campus.
Examples of the improvement and growth of the team under Leeming's tutelage can be found in several statistical categories including shots allowed going from 814 in his first year as head coach in 2017-18 to 765 in 2019-20, penalty minutes dropping each season (from a league high of 298 in 2017-18 to 255 minutes in 2019-20), goals from 30 to 40, assists from 40 to 61, powerplay efficiency from 5.1% to 11.2% and shorthanded goals from one to an ACAC high of three.
"Chris has done a tremendous job with the Broncos women's hockey program over the past three seasons," Broncos Athletics Manager Trina Radcliffe said. "He is highly respected by his peers and we are extremely proud of Chris and the team's achievements over the past few years. His dedication to making every player better is what sets him apart from other coaches. He works hard to ensure each athlete has an opportunity to be successful and challenges them to find it within themselves to achieve goals."
A native of Harrow, Ontario, Leeming joined the Broncos family after four seasons as an assistant coach with the University of Windsor women's hockey team in the OUA Conference of U Sports from 2013-2017.
During this time, Leeming also attended the University of Windsor, and earned a B.A. Honours degree in Criminology and Political Science, as well as a Bachelor of Education degree.
Leeming is a High Performance Level 1 certified coach, and has experience working with the OHL/OHF U15 Program of Excellence development camps. He has additional experience as both a video coach and statistical analyst, and has worked skill development camps for ten years. Leeming's coaching resume also includes head coach for Alberta Winter Games with Zone 5 in 2020 and Zone 3 in 2019, and guest coach for Team Alberta U18 Selection Camps in Spring 2018 and Summer 2019.
Chris Leeming received the award on March 5, 2020 at the ACAC Women's Hockey Conference Championship Banquet held in Edmonton, AB.