Jen Boyd was named the head coach of the Gee-Gees in June of 2013 and captured the program's first National Championship win just four years later. Under Boyd, the Gee-Gees are 6-time defending RSEQ conference champions and have earned five total medals at the U SPORTS national championship. Boyd was named the RSEQ and CIS Coach of the Year in 2014 and RSEQ Coach of the Year in 2015, 2016, and 2017. The Garnet and Grey have captured three bronze medals, a silver medal, and one gold medal at the national championship.
The Gee-Gees have been ranked in 40 straight U SPORTS Top Ten polls, dating back to 2014. The team reached the no. 1 spot for the first time in 2015, and held top spot for 8 weeks in 2018.
For the 2017 season Boyd was made a full time coach with the University of Ottawa, making her the first full time female rugby head coach in Canada. In March of 2017, Boyd was honoured as the Rugby Canada Female Coach of the Year. She is also a five-time winner of the Ottawa Sports Award for Female Coach of the Year, having most recently won the award in 2017.
Boyd has worked with the U20 and FISU national teams for both 15s and 7s. In 2016 she took the best U20 athletes to England for a three-game test series versus England. In 2015 she took the lead for a two match series versus the USA. Working closely with Senior Women’s National Team head coach François Ratier, Boyd is preparing top young prospects for the Senior Women’s 2017 Rugby World Cup in Ireland. Boyd also led Canada's 2016 entry at the FISU World Championships in sevens competition, winning the silver medal. In addition to her National Team commitments during the Gee-Gees off-season, Boyd relishes her role as Technical Director for the Ottawa Irish Rugby Club, developing coaches and players at all levels of the club.
Three months after starting the women’s program at Algonquin College in 2011, Boyd’s team earned an OCAA bronze medal. One year later, her team had a dominant 6-0 regular season, shutting out their opponents in all six regular season matches; Algonquin was crowned OCAA Champions. Boyd was named the OCAA Coach of the Year in 2012.
Boyd’s coaching career started at Ashbury College in 2000. The varsity rugby team was one of the most dominant programs in Ontario, winning four OFSAA championships, six silver medals and one bronze in the span of fourteen years. Boyd has over 40 championships to her name as a player and coach with Ashbury, Ontario U19, the Ottawa Irish Rugby Club, Rugby Quebec and Canada since 1997.
The NCCP level three certified coach started her playing career in the RSEQ as a player at Bishop’s University. After four years in purple, Boyd earned her Bachelor of Science degree and enrolled at the University of Ottawa for her Bachelor of Education where she played and captained one season for the Gee-Gees. Boyd’s career stretches over two decades during which time she played club, provincial and national level rugby. She wore the Maple Leaf over a span of three years, earning caps against New Zealand, England, USA and Scotland.
Records following the 2019 postseason:
OVERALL RECORD (regular season plus postseason, all with uOttawa):
76 games: 65-10-1 (.860 winning percentage)
REGULAR SEASON RECORD (all with uOttawa):
48 games: 43-4-1 (.900 winning percentage)