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U of W Vallée takes Sabbatical

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Vallée takes sabbatical; Emma Duinker to serve as interim head coach

Chantal Vallée, head coach of the Lancer women’s basketball team has been granted a study leave and leave of absence for the 2018-19 season.

Windsor supports the request in recognition of Chantal’s success and long-term commitment to her coaching development and has granted the leave effective September 1, 2018.

In her absence, current Lancer assistant coach Emma Duinker will take over at the helm as the acting head coach for the Lancers. The coaching staff will remain the same with long time lead assistant Tom Foster and assistant coach Madeline Belding.

While on sabbatical, Vallée will spend three months working with Dr. Gordon Bloom at McGill University writing a book on coaching and leadership success, and will then spend the final three months travelling to observe professional basketball teams all over the world in Europe, Asia, North America, and Australia.

Coach Vallée is looking forward to the opportunity to work on her professional development

“I appreciate the opportunity the University of Windsor and Department of Athletics have given me to be able to submerge myself in six months of learning and career growth,” said Vallée.

Duinker, a Cambridge, ON native, will take over for Vallée for the season in her absence.

“I believe Emma is a great fit to lead our program this year and to push the team to be the best it can be while I am away. I fully expect Emma, our staff and the players to impact our program positively, keep the culture of our team, and produce great results.”

Duinker is thrilled that Vallée has the confidence in her to take over the program for the 2018-19 season.

“I am thankful to Coach Vallée for granting me this unique opportunity and I look forward to helping make a positive impact on the lives of our student-athletes,” said Duinker. “I have learned a lot from Chantal over the past two years and I am confident in the process. I am excited to further develop my leadership abilities through this head coaching position and I believe that with the talent we have, I can guide them further along in their development.”

Duinker enjoyed an outstanding playing career in U SPORTS with the Acadia Axewomen as she was an AUS all-star, an all-Canadian and led the Axewomen to an AUS championship title. She also played professionally for three seasons in Europe upon graduating from Acadia with a BSc in Nutrition. She has been with PGC Basketball since 2011, where she currently serves as Director while also finishing her Masters in Sports Management at the University of Windsor.

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