Coleen Dufresne came to Manitoba after a successful career as a player at the University of Ottawa and with Canada’s National Team. After coaching the University of New Brunswick, she accepted
the head coaching position with the University of Manitoba Bisons Women’s team in 1984, a position she held for 17 years. In those years, she established the Bison women’s program as one of the best in Canada, winning three CIAU/CIS National Championships - 1988, 1996 and 1997 and two silver and two bronze medals. She was twice named National Coach of the Year in 1983 and 1998 and conference all-star coach seven times.
In 2001 she became Athletic Director at the University of Manitoba and has provided strong leadership in all Bison sports. In addition, she was a coach for various National Teams
in the Pan-Am Games, World Championships and Student Games and our Team Manitoba provincial teams. In 2005 she was a recipient of a YMCA/YWCA Woman of Distinction award. She has been, and continues to be, a strong role model for women in sport.