Written by Carleton Sports Information
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OTTAWA, Ontario – The Carleton Ravens are pleased to announce the hiring of Dani Sinclair as Women’s Basketball Head Coach.
“I am very honoured and humbled to have the opportunity to lead the Carleton Women’s Basketball Program,” Sinclair said. “There is such a rich history in both the women’s and men’s programs, and I look forward to learning from Dave Smart and other members of the team. We have a great group of athletes that I am keen to get to know and work with. There is strong leadership from the veteran group and a tremendous young core that will lead the way into the future. I am extremely grateful to Jennifer and Dave for their support during this process and ready to get to started.”
Coach Sinclair comes to Carleton with decades of experience at the university, national, and international levels. She has been part of the University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball coaching staff since 2005, starting as an Assistant Coach before taking over as Head Coach in 2012.
Before her time coaching U SPORTS athletes, Sinclair was a decorated basketball player for two Canadian universities. She was named CIS Rookie of the Year at McMaster and was a 3-time OUA All-Star while earning a bachelor’s degree in history. She went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in education at the University of Victoria where she won the 2002-03 national championship.
“I am pleased that Dani has accepted the position of Head Coach, Women’s Basketball,” stated Dave Smart, Director, Basketball Operations. “Dani understands university basketball and the hard work that is involved. I look forward to working with Dani and to continue to build a winning culture here at Carleton.”
Jennifer Brenning, Assistant Vice-President of Recreation and Athletics, says the Ravens women’s basketball program is excited to have Sinclair’s leadership. “We are thrilled that Dani has accepted the position as Head Coach of our Women’s Basketball program. The women’s program is set up for success with exceptional student-athletes and the national championship experience. We look forward to welcoming Dani to our campus and seeing where she can take this talented program.”
With the hiring of Sinclair, Interim Head Coach Brian Cheng’s tenure at Carleton will end on April 15, 2020. Cheng was hired in 2019 to take over the women’s program from departing Head Coach Taffe Charles.
In Cheng’s season at the helm, the Ravens went 15-7 in the regular season before falling to the uOttawa Gee-Gees in the OUA Quarterfinal. The team was awarded a host berth at the 2020 U SPORTS Final 8 championship, where they lost to the eventual champion Saskatchewan Huskies in the Quarter-final.
“I want to thank Brian so very much for accepting the challenge of interim Head Coach. It was not an easy environment to adjust to, in particular with a host berth at the National Championship,” Brenning said. “I specifically want to thank Brian and the coaching staff for developing the student-athletes this season, they demonstrated that they are capable of competing at the national level. The program has so much potential moving forward. Brian is a hardworking, dedicated coach and a pleasure to work with. I wish him much success in his future.”
Coach Sinclair will officially begin at Carleton on May 1, 2020.