When the Montreal native took over the Windsor Lancers women’s basketball team in 2005 she had hopes of transforming one of the worst programs in the country – they’d never competed in the CIS national championships and had only compiled a small handful of winning seasons – into a national champion.
It seemed like a lofty goal at the time, especially for a 30-year-old who’d never been a head coach above the high school level, but eight years later the Lancers are a budding university basketball dynasty and Vallee is still at the helm.
“Looking back [on what we’ve done] it makes me realize how privileged I am,” she said in a recent phone interview.
Vallee came to Windsor with a five-year championship plan and an educational background in sport to go along with it. She graduated McGill University with a master’s degree in sports psychology and had done research on what it takes toRead More »from Windsor Lancers’ dynasty a product of coach Chantal Vallee’s patience, commitment