Ali Domenico Hired by uOttawa Gee-Gees

Gee-Gees hire Ottawa native Ali Domenico as head coach.

Ali Domenico Hired by uOttawa Gee-Gees
Domenico has worked as an NCAA assistant coach for over a decade | Photo via Ottawa Gee-Gees

The University of Ottawa's women's hockey team has named its second head coach in as many years. The team announced Alison Domenico's hiring in a release on Friday.

Domenico, 37, played four seasons with St. Lawrence University, which she came to two following a season in the NWHL, a Canadian women's hockey league which predated the CWHL. She played the 2004-05 season for the Ottawa Raiders.

Domenico has spent the last decade as an assistant coach in the NCAA with Ohio State, Syracuse and, most recently, as an associate coach at Providence College. She has also been a member of Troy Ryan's Canadian national team staff since 2021, when she joined as an assistant coach ahead of the Beijing Olympics.

Domenico will take over the team's leadership from co-coaches Greg Bowles and Jennifer Wakefield. The two were thrust suddenly into leadership after uOttawas head coach Stefanie McKeough resigned after a single game to take a job with PWHL Boston. McKeough was promoted from assistant coach to replace Ottawa's outgoing coach, Chelsea Grills, at the end of the 2022-23 season.

Domenico played hockey in the early 2000s with Grills at St. Lawrence. All three played for the Ottawa Raiders franchise but with three different iterations in leagues.

This upcoming season will be the first for uOttawa in the Ontario conference of USports after 20 years in the Quebec conference.