Lethbridge – Former head coach Neil Langevin and the most decorated Pronghorn women's rugby player, Ashley Steacy will lead the University of Lethbridge Pronghorn women's rugby program for the 2017-18 season.
Langevin and Steacy will serve as head coach and associate head coach respectively with Ashley serving as a daily on campus presence for the team, while Langevin will continue day-to-day his role with Winston Churchill High School.
Steacy, who just retired from international rugby at the end of the 2017 Women's Sevens World Series, returns to the program she helped to put on the Canadian University landscape. In addition to leading the Pronghorns to the three CIS titles and four Canada West titles during her five season, she was a two-time CIS Player of the Year and was named both the Canada West and CIS Rookie of the Year in 2005.
Her career highlights international was this past summer as a member of Canada's Olympic Bronze medal willing team in Rio. She was also named to the 2014-15 Women's Sevens World Series Dream team and Rugby Canada's Women's Sevens Player of the Year for 2014.
"The women's rugby program is so near and dear to my heart, I'm incredibly excited to be back at the U of L taking on the role of associate coach alongside Neil Langevin," said Ashley Steacy. "I'm honoured to have been asked to help move the program forward after Ric's passing. He had created a lot of momentum with the team and we are going to work hard to honour the legacy that he left."
"I am really looking forward to working closely with the girls, helping them have the best experience they can through athletics and academics while being at the U of L."