2023 Senior National Team Coaching Staff Announced

Ottawa, ON–Ringette Canada is pleased to announce the coaching team for the 2023 Senior National Team. 


Head Coach

Julie Blanchette – Montreal, QC

As previously announced, Julie Blanchette will lead the 2023 Senior National Team. A former member of Team Canada, she brings a wealth of coaching experience to this team. A full bio can be found here


Assistant Coach

Jacqueline Gaudet – Cambridge, ON

Jacqueline Gaudet has been involved in ringette for over 35 years, achieving much success along the way. A part of Team Canada for seven cycles, she was part of the winning team in 2002 and Captain thrice. Gaudet has participated in 26 consecutive Canadian Ringette Championships (CRC), medaling 23 times. In National Ringette League play, she has won 13 awards and been named All-Star 19 times. She also holds gold medals from the World Ringette Club Championships and Canada Winter Games. 

As a coach, Gaudet has medalled at  the CRCs, and was part of two U19 Canada East programs, including a gold medal win in 2012. She looks forward to using her experience and knowledge to help the next generation of high performance athletes.


Assistant Coach

Stephanie Seguin – Saint-Laurent, QC

Stephanie Seguin has had an illustrious ringette playing career, spanning from an appearance at the Canada Winter Games in 1999 to her time on the Senior National Team. She was a member of Team Canada in 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2013, participating in the World Ringette Championships in those years. She has also participated in 23 Canadian Ringette Championships, and played for the National Ringette League’s Montreal Mission for over 15 years. In 2005, Seguin played in the Finnish National League for Turun Ringet SM.

Her coaching experience ranges from all levels – Seguin was the coach of U16 and U19 AA teams from 2000 to 2019, some of which appeared in the Jeux du Québec and a gold medal winner at the Canadian Ringette Championships. During those years, Seguin coached Team Slovakia in the 2008-2009 season at the Polar Bear European tournament, and was assistant coach of Team Canada U19 East in 2012. Most recently, Seguin was the head coach of the silver medal-winning Montreal Mission of the NRL in 2022-23, and has been responsible for the LSL Sport-études since 2022. She is also the owner and head coach at Ringuette Performance.


Assistant Coach

Barb Bautista – Ottawa, ON

Barb Bautista fell in love with the sport of ringette at age 10, and never looked back. Since then, she has competed at multiple levels of the game, retiring from playing with four stints as a National Team player.

Bautista began her coaching career along the way, wanting to give back to the sport and to help find a way to give developing athletes the same opportunities she had benefited from. She has coached all levels of ringette, from grassroots programs and summer camps, to high-performance programs at the Canada Winter Games, National Ringette League, and Senior National Team. Bautista specializes in technical development and program structure.

Away from the rink, she is a solution architect for WestJet Airlines, and a proud mom to her six year old son, Leo, who is an avid ringette fan, living in Calgary.


Assistant Coach

Claudia Jetté – Saint-Laurent, QC

Claudia Jetté has practiced ringette for over 28 years, maintaining a high level of play and drive to compete the entire time. A member of the Senior National Team in 2006, Jetté also played in Finland that year. 

Jetté has been coaching goaltenders for over 20 years, and is looking forward to meeting the challenge of coaching the 2023 Senior National Team with a gold medal mindset. She has also served as an Assistant Coach with the Montreal Mission of the National Ringette League, a goaltending consultant with the Junior National Team in 2015 and 2017, and goaltending coach for Team Quebec IPE from 2019 to 2023. She has also coached at the School of Ringette Performance and clinics with Goalies on a Mission.

Territory acknowledgement

While we are a proud Canadian organization, we acknowledge that our head office is located on traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg People, and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Ringette Canada extends our respect to all First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples for their valuable contributions to this land. We are committed to moving forward in the spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.

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