Concordia's head coach is Les Lawton, a Montreal native who has been dubbed the Dean of Women's Hockey by the local press. Lawton is in his 28th year at the helm of the Stingers.He started the 2011-'12 season with a 597-301-72 record for a winning percentage of .660. Although it is virtually impossible to check the records of every coach world-wide, we are sure he is the winningest coach in women's hockey.
With his 500th victory Feb. 7, 2003, Lawton became just the third Canadian university hockey coach to reach the prestigious milestone, joining the University of Alberta's Clare Drake and the Concordia's own Paul Arsenault, who recorded his 500th victory Feb. 3, 1984. Lawton, however, is the first women's coach to join the 500 club.
With the Stingers, he won the inaugural CIAU women's ice hockey championship in 1998 and defended it in 1999. He has won 15 Quebec championships.
Lawton was also the head coach of Team Canada in 1994 when the team defeated the U.S. 6-3 to win the gold medal at the World Championship in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Lawton and his wife Paddy have four children: Mallory, Matthew, Lucas and Owen.