Dan Church has resigned as coach of the Canadian women's hockey team, saying he felt others lacked confidence in his ability to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.
The announcement was made Thursday before Canada's exhibition game against the United States.
Hockey Canada said assistant coaches Lisa Haley and Danielle Goyette will serve as co-coaches until a new head coach is named.
Canada is attempting to win a fourth straight gold medal in Sochi after victories in 2002, 2006 and 2010.
Church, from Toronto, signed a two-year contract to coach the team in June 2012. He coached Canada to the world title that year in Burlington, Vt. Canada lost the final of this year's world championship to the U.S. in Ottawa.
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