National champs from McGill announce new full-time assistant coach in women’s hockey
MONTREAL -- Alyssa Cecere has been appointed as a full-time assistant coach of the defending national champion McGill University women's hockey team. She replacesChelsea Grills, who stepped down last month after one season behind the bench.
Cecere (pronounced CHETCHER-ray), a 26-year-old native of Brossard, Que., won three CIS national championships as a left-winger with the McGill Martlets (2008, 2009, 2011) and also skated to a Clarkson Cup national title in 2012 with the Montreal Stars of the Canadian Women's Hockey League. In 2009 she helped Canada win gold at the FISU Winter Universiade in Harbin, China.
"I am absolutely thrilled and proud to have one of our own graduates back in the fold," said Peter Smith, the former national team coach who is entering his 15th season as head coach at McGill. "Alyssa played five years with the Martlets and knows what it takes to win. She has always been a great teammate and was a big part of the leadership group on our team, serving three years as an alternate captain. She will bring a great deal of passion, energy and knowledge. She gets the culture of Martlet hockey and will work hard to make the team better every day."
In her five seasons as a left-winger with the Martlets, Cecere scored 43 goals and 110 points with 118 penalty minutes in 178 games overall.
"I am thrilled and excited for this opportunity," said Cecere, who is fluently bilingual, attended Centennial Regional high school and captained the Dawson College Blues before graduating from McGill in 2011 with a physical education degree. "It was an honour to play for McGill and I look forward to working with Peter and being on the other side of things."
Cecere served as an assistant coach at Dawson for the past three years and has worked for seven years as an instructor at the Martlet Hockey School. She was also a physical education instructor at various academic institutions, including Saint John's elementary school in St. Jean, Que., Harmony elementary school in Chateauguay, Que., and was employed by the Riverside School Board in St. Hubert. During her student years, she interned as a stagiaire instructor at Centennial Regional, Roslyn Elementary in Westmount, Que., Marymount Academy in Montreal and Harold Napper Elementary in Brossard.