Carleton hires Dani Sinclair as new head coach of Ravens women’s basketball team

Gord Holder – Ottawa Sun

The first woman to be in that post at Carleton since 2006-07, she has spent the past eight seasons as University of Victoria head coach.

The wait is over for the Carleton Ravens women’s basketball team.

Dani Sinclair was named Ravens head coach on Tuesday, making her the first woman in that position since 2006-07 and ending a hiring process that began in March 2019, when Taffe Charles transferred into the same position with the Carleton men’s team.

Dani Sinclair joins Carleton as head coach of the Ravens women’s team after eight seasons as head coach of the Victoria Vikes. Carleton Athletics

Sinclair agreed to take the Ravens post last year, as well, but was unavailable for the 2019-20 season for personal reasons, so Carleton hired Brian Cheng on a one-year contract. He led them to a 24-13 record, including a 15-7 regular-season mark and a tie for second in the Ontario University Athletics East Division standings.

As host team for the U Sports national championship, Carleton lost to the eventual-champion Saskatchewan Huskies in a quarterfinal, edged the Alberta Pandas and lost to the Calgary Dinos in the consolation final.

Coincidentally, Sinclair was Cheng’s assistant coach at the University of Victoria a decade ago. She became Vikes head coach in 2012 and never had a losing season, compiling a record of 157-105 before resigning that position on March 10.

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