08/04/2011 03:47 EDT | Updated 10/04/2011 05:12 EDT

Former Canadian Olympian takes coaching job with university women's team

TORONTO - Vicky Sunohara is taking over the women's hockey team at the University of Toronto.

The three-time Canadian Olympian was named coach Thursday after spending two years as the director of women's hockey at The Hill Academy in suburban Toronto.

"She's an outstanding leader and a proven champion at both the national and international level," said Beth Ali, the university's director of high performance sport. "Her knowledge of hockey and passion for the game is irrefutable and I'm confident that it will translate well with our student-athletes, our alumni and throughout the CIS hockey community."

Sunohara retired from the national women's hockey program in 2008.

The native of Scarborough, Ont., won two Olympic golds and a silver during her career while also playing for a number of world championship teams.

Early in her career, she spent two seasons at the University of Toronto. She also completed a bachelor's degree in physical health education at the school after her retirement.

"This is a dream job for me," said Sunohara. "I played here at U of T, I went to school here ... and now I have a chance to give back to one of the most prolific women's hockey programs in North America.