Coaches Helping Coaches – Patti & Mitchell

Patti & Mitchell

The Coaches Helping Coaches (CHC) program supports experienced coaches in recruiting and mentoring new coaches into the Ontario sport community. Patti and Mitchell are a coaching pair who successfully completed the program in 2014-2015. Read on to find out more about their experience!


 New Coach -Mitchell
Kitchener-Waterloo Sertoma Speed Skating Club
Waterloo, ON



How did this program benefit you as a new coach?
This program gave me the confidence I needed to become an effective coach. It also gave me the ability to be in the coach’s box at a meet which was a new and exciting experience for me. Working with my Mentor was a great experience and I learned so much during the year. Thank you also to CAO support (Mercedes Watson) she was a great resource.

What NCCP workshop(s) did you complete?
Prevention and Recovery of Injury and Making Headway in Sport

What was the most important thing that you learned as part of your NCCP Training(s)?
The most important thing I learned was to always have fun when training. Listen to your athletes and share your knowledge. The on-line learning for concussions was very interesting and I learned a lot. The lessons I learned from my mentor coach are so valuable. I learned that if I love the sport then I can share my passion with others.

What is your favourite part of coaching?
My favourite part of coaching is coaching the young skaters. They are so full of energy and I have so much fun sharing my coaching knowledge with them.

What are the next steps for you in coaching?
I plan to continue to work with my Mentor Coach, Patti Walsh and all the skaters at KWSSSC. I want to continue to take courses to better my understanding of coaching and take it as far as I can. This program gave me the credibility with my club. It was a great stepping stone.



Mentor Coach – Patti
Short Track Speed Skating – Club level
Kitchener-Waterloo Sertoma Speed Skating Club
Waterloo, ON


Why did you decide to become a coach?
I love to facilitate others in becoming their best. I am a teacher and professional development facilitator by profession and in volunteerism.

What is your favourite part of coaching?
Watching others reach their potential and seeing the joy this creates after the struggle and hard work.

How did the program benefited you as a mentor? 
Mentoring always gives opportunity to self-reflect on best practices and methods of communication. This opportunity gave me a chance to connect with my athlete in a new way, and to draw in past mentees in order that we all might become better coaches.

What type of feedback was given to your New Coach?
Mitchell was given full control of planning a practice and coaching at a meet. He was provided with feedback about his keen observation of the athlete’s skill development as well as their mental state during competition. We talked about how to bring out the best in each athlete.


 Apply for the 2015-2016  Coaches Helping Coaches  Program during  National Coaches Week in Ontario  September 19-27, 2015