COQUITLAM, B.C. – Coquitlam Express general manager David McLellan is pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Cioffi as the team’s new head coach.
Cioffi has an extensive coaching resume that includes experience at both the BCHL, PJHL and most recently the BC Major Midget level. Originally from Montreal, Cioffi played Junior A Hockey in Ontario and Halifax and then attended the University of Ottawa, graduating with an Honours Degree in Human Kinetics. He later completed an M.B.A. at the National American University.
“We see this as a very positive step for our organization.” said McLellan. “Dan has a great approach toward promoting personal leadership and demands the best from his players and those working with him. Additionally, Dan’s teams are always prepared. They play fast and possess a very competitive style of play.”
“We are truly excited to bring Dan on as the new head coach,” said Express governor Fayaz Manji. “We look forward to working with Dan in continuing to build a great team both on and off the ice.”
Cioffi is no stranger to the Express, having served as the team’s associate coach between 2007 and 2010. after which he was the associate head coach with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and later as director of player personnel of the Trail Smoke Eaters. Cioffi has also won a PJHL Championship as coach of the Delta Ice Hawks.
“I’d like to thank Fayaz Manji and Dave McLellan for the opportunity to coach the Coquitlam Express,” said Cioffi. “I look forward to returning to the BCHL and working with these athletes to further develop them as players and individuals.”
“I’m excited to get started and work with the hockey operations staff to make preparations for the 2020-2021 season. My family and I look forward to being a huge part of the Coquitlam community and continuing the tradition of excellence in the club’s 20th season.”
Cioffi and his wife Kelly have two children – Rylan and Reese.