Montreal, August 11, 2020 -
Stève Bonneau has announced he is stepping down as head coach of the Royal.
Following the departure of Caroline Cadotte at the end of the 2019 season, the royal was looking for a new coach to take the reigns. As former captain and player of the Royal, Stève Bonneau had earned the trust of the team's general manager, Jean-Philippe Riopel, to take the head coach position of the team.
Finally, Stève Bonneau will not have had the opportunity to coach the Royal through a regular season due to COVID-19. For administrative reasons, Stève (who is of French origin) had to coach part of the season from a distance, in France. He gave his guidelines and practice plans which allowed the captains to lead the team in the right direction. With the help of the coaching staff, he was able to watch filmed practices and give feedback to the players.
Despite the disappointing lack of a true season, we can only thank Stève for his involvement, his vision, and the passion he instilled in his coaching. There is no doubt that the Quebec and Montreal scene has grown from his contributions. His efforts to provide a structured path for new players joining the Royal bodes well for the future of Montreal ultimate. This included winter practices that combined junior up-and-comers with Royal veterans.
"Stève Bonneau is leaving us to take on other professional challenges. The Royal is now looking for someone to take his place and created a list of potential options. We will work on our game plan internally and meet those who interest us and who share our values, "said Jean-Philippe Riopel.
We wish Stève Bonneau all the best in his future projects and we look forward to meeting our fans for the 2021 season.
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