November 21, 2018 3:54 pm
Updated: November 21, 2018 3:55 pm

Chantal Vallee becomes 1st woman to hold coach, GM jobs with men’s pro basketball team

Chantal Vallee is seen in this undated handout photo. Chantal Vallee has been named coach and general manager of the Canadian Elite Basketball League's Hamilton Honey Badgers, making her the first woman to hold down both roles with a professional men's basketball team.

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HAMILTON — Chantal Vallee has been named coach and general manager of the Canadian Elite Basketball League‘s Hamilton Honey Badgers, making her the first woman to hold down both roles with a professional men’s basketball team.

Vallee is currently in her 14th year as head coach of the University of Windsor women’s basketball team. She guided the Lancers to a record five consecutive U Sports titles from 2011-2015 and has a collegiate winning percentage of .791 (351-93).

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She has been named U Sports women’s basketball coach of the year twice (2013-14, 2014-15).

“We are at an unprecedented time of growth for basketball across Canada,” Vallee said in a statement. “The Canadian Elite Basketball League is the first national league with a vision, financial resources, and executive expertise in running major professional sports organizations to be able to truly play an instrumental role in furthering the development of basketball in this country.”

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Vallee, a Montreal native, also becomes the second woman to be named head coach of a men’s professional team. Nancy Lieberman coached Texas in the NBA Development League (now G League) to a 24-26 record in 2010-11.

The CEBL begins play in 2019 with six teams: Hamilton, Edmonton, Niagara (St. Catharines, Ont.), Saskatchewan (Saskatoon), Guelph, and Fraser Valley (Abbotsford, B.C.). Hamilton’s first-ever game is scheduled for May 12 against visiting Edmonton.

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