Coach Andy Higgins: 1937-2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Coach Andy Higgins, founder of the Coaches Association of Ontario. His passion for coaching and commitment to sport made him a revered mentor, coach and friend to athletes, fellow coaches and virtually everyone he crossed paths with .across the Canadian sport system.

In addition to his visionary founding of our organization, Andy Higgins also founded the Canadian Professional Coaches Association and was the first director of the National Coaching Institute Ontario. He is a Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame inductee, and was the first coach to write and deliver the first formal coaching education/certification program in Canada, which lead to the creation of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). The NCCP is today one of the leading adult education programs in the world.

A close friend to many of the current CAO Board and Staff, Coach Higgins’ impact will never be forgotten as his legacy lives on in the generations of coaches and athletes whose lives he touched with his exceptional leadership, dedication to lifelong learning, and passion for sport.

University of Toronto will be hosting a celebration of life for Andy at Varsity Stadium on Saturday June 15th at 6:00pm in conjunction with a track meet named after him. More details to come.

#ThanksCoach … you will be missed!