Mount Allison’s Department of Athletics and Recreation is pleased to announce that Ryan Chase has been named as the Head Coach of the Mounties women’s basketball program.
Chase, who hails from Fredericton, NB, arrives to a Mounties program after having spent the 2017-2018 season as an assistant coach with the women’s program at Briercrest College of the Alberta Athletic Collegiate Association (ACAC). Chase also brings more than 10 years of coaching experience at the high school and provincial team levels in New Brunswick. Chase has previously coached at Rothesay High School and Leo Hayes High School in the NB high school loop.
Chase was an assistant coach for Team NB’s men’s U17 program when they went on an impressive run and finished 4th at the 2013 Canada Winter Games. He was also the head coach of the men’s U15 Team NB that won a bronze medal at nationals in 2015.
“We are really pleased to announce Coach Chase as the next head coach for our Mounties women’s basketball program,” offered Pierre Arsenault, Director of Athletics and Recreation with Mount Allison. “Ryan has a great mind for the game and great respect all aspects of how to build a championship program. He brings humility and a positive approach to the game and we’re excited to see our program continue to build under his leadership.
“There are so many great coaches and players here in NB that I have been fortunate enough to work with and learn from so to have the opportunity to come back to NB to coach is both extremely humbling and exciting for me,” commented Coach Chase. “I can’t thank Mount Allison University and the Athletics department enough for the opportunity and the trust they have shown me and I can’t wait to join the Mounties Family. I'm also grateful to Briercrest College who for the past year kindly welcomed me into their community and allowed me to gain valuable experience.”
Chase inherits a Mounties program that won their first ACAA Championship in over a decade in 2017-2018. The Mounties also successfully hosted the 2018 CCAA women’s basketball national championship for the first time in school history.