Chantal Vallée (MA 2002, Physical Education) was named head coach and general manager of the Hamilton Honey Badgers basketball team this week, becoming the first woman named to both positions on a men's professional sports team.
"Gender never came up when team president John Lashway was wooing Vallee for the job," wrote The Star in their recent coverage of the news. Numerous media sources have picked up this exciting story including:
- The Guardian: 'A coach is a coach': Chantal Vallée on leading a men's professional team
- SportsNet: Chantal Vallee stunned by response to pro coaching appointment
On May 2, 2018, the Canadian Elite Basketball League announced Hamilton, Ontario, as one of six inaugural teams for its inaugural season beginning May 2019.