Chair: Sheilagh Croxon
For over 25 years, Sheilagh has been one of Canada’s top synchronized swimming coaches. A visionary leader, she co-coached the Canadian Olympic Team to the team silver medal in Atlanta. Four years later, as head coach, her team won a memorable Olympic bronze medal in Sydney. At the Beijing Games, she coached New Zealand’s pair to its first Olympic qualification in the sport since 1984. In 2009, her coaching legacy was recognized with induction into the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame.
A chartered professional coach, Sheilagh’s coaching resumé includes dozens of international podium successes at major competitions and numerous coaching excellence awards. Her coaching expertise is sought by synchro federations and clubs around the world. She regularly mentors other coaches and shares her knowledge through workshops and clinics.
As a consultant with the Coaching Association of Canada’s Women in Coaching program from 2004 to 2012, Sheilagh developed and championed strategies to improve conditions for women coaches. She continues to advocate for the profession of coaching as Chair of the Coaches Association of Ontario.
Sheilagh is currently the head synchro coach at Toronto’s Granite Club and the high performance technical lead for Synchro Swim Ontario.
Vice- Chair: Barrie Shepley
Barrie Shepley is Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors of the Coaches Association of Ontario, and a member in good standing. He is the President of Personal Best Health & Performance Inc. Barrie has been training elite athletes for more than ten years and was Canada’s first National Triathlon Coach. He was the first Olympic Triathlon Head Coach for Canada at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Barrie is the only coach inducted into the Triathlon Canada Hall of Fame. He is a graduate of Canada’s National Coaching Institute, completing the High Performance Diploma program of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). In addition to coaching, Barrie is very involved in the community. He is a founding member of several associations including the Ontario Association of Triathletes, Kids of Steel (national youth program), Triathlon Canada, C3-Canadian Cross Training Club and the Coaches Association of Ontario. Barrie continues to coach High Performance Athletes around the world, and is a well-respected leader in the sport community
2nd Vice-Chair: Dr. Earl Church
Earl is a retired high school Educator and received his Doctorate in Physical Education from Springfield College in the United States. Dr. Church is a well-known and respected athletics coach in Niagara Ontario. He has been involved in Paralympics’ athletics for over nineteen years and this includes coaching at the 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Paralympic Games, in addition to many World Championships and other international events. He has received numerous coaching awards, including the Ron Foster Award for his contributions to Canadian athletes with a disability and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his significant contributions to Canada. Earl is a NCI Ontario program resource person, a past member of Sportalliance Board of Directors and has been a member of OFSAA Board of Directors for 15 years
Treasurer/Secretary: Ann Doggett
Ann Doggett is a director of the Coaches’ Association of Ontario, a director (Vice Chair) for Field Hockey Canada and member of Competition Committee for Pan American Hockey Federation. She coached in Field Hockey Ontario’s high performance program from 1998 – 2011. Currently, Ann is FHO’s Coach Development Chair, FHC’s Board of Director lead for Coach Development. and on FHO’s Quest 4 Gold Committee.. Ann is a NCCP Multi-Sport Learning Facilitator, and Master Learning Facilitator for Field Hockey Canada.
Director: Harvie Hagerty
Harvie is a member of the board of director for the Coaches Association of Ontario. He is a retired high school administrator, teacher, and physical and health education coordinator for the former Lincoln County Board of Education. He has served on many committees that have dealt with high school athletics at the Zone, SOSSA and OFSAA levels. Since 1976, he has continued to coach high school sports and teach NCCP multi-sport Courses. Not only has he had experience writing provincial curricula, but he continues to work with provincial and municipal sporting organizations in the Niagara Peninsula. Presently, he is an athletic convenor for the Niagara Region High School Athletic Association.
Director: Greg Henhawk
Greg earned an honours kinesiology degree at the University of Waterloo. After attending and graduating Waterloo, Greg spent a year at Lakehead University working on a master’s degree in sport psychology. Greg then became a teacher in Hagersville, teaching science and physical education. For the past nine years he has been head of the department of physical education and the girl’s basketball team head coach. He was then asked to be the assistant coach for the all star team in Brantford where the team went on to win four Ontario championships. Greg is also a dedicated member of the Canadian Professional Coaches Association, one of the board directors of the Coaches Association of Ontario, and an NCCP Course Conductor. He also works with Canada Basketball as a coach in its junior development program with the Centre for Performance Ontario.