Coaches Helping Coaches

Are you a coach that knows someone with the potential to be an amazing new coach?

The  Coaches Helping Coaches, as part of National Coaches Week in Ontario, was created with the purpose of recruiting and supporting new coaches in the province. It embodies the CAO’s “Coaches Helping Coaches ” philosophy by offering encouragement, support and recognition to coaches in the community who actively mentor and develop the newer coaches.  In addition to the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), we at the CAO understand that mentorship and learning from other coaches plays an important role in a coach’s education.

How it works:

A coach that is active and trained in the NCCP nominates a new coach to be mentored for one year. The new coach must be 16 years or older and have never taken NCCP training.

Why do it?

With funding and support from the CAO, Mentor Coaches will receive:

  • A $250 honorarium for their role as a mentor
  • FREE CAO Blue membership
  • Free admittance to the Ontario Coaches Conference’s Professional Development sessions
  • Professional Development points towards their Maintenance of Certification

New coaches will receive:

  • $250 towards their coaching education (course fees, travel, coaching expenses, etc.)
  • FREE CAO Blue membership
  • Free admittance to the Ontario Coaches Conference’s Professional Development sessions
Applications for the 2016-2017 Program Cycle Coming Soon!
National Coaches Week 2016 – Sept 17th-25th


Congratulations to Coaches Helping Coaches Program Cycle of 2015-2016

 Andrea Lauzon and Morgan Davy – Kingston, ON (Gymnastics)
Andrea Schlegel and Krista Sanders – Oakville, ON (Gymnastics)
Daniel Guay and Taylor Nicholl – Thunder Bay, ON (Biathlon)
Dawn Izzard and Caitlin Durrette – Burlington, ON (Gymnastics)
Jim Jennings and Shane Hesmondhalgh – Bradford, ON (Karate)
Karen Hillis and Eddie Luetchford – Bowmanville, ON (Swimming)
Larry Jaroslawski and Daniel Fillman – Cambellville, ON (Wrestling)
Laura McClemont and Marin Pollock – Toronto, ON (Synchronized Swimming)
Lyn Bain and Russ Robinet – Windsor, ON (Baseball)
Masha Zakharenkova and Yuriy Brozdnychenko – Aurora, ON (Badminton)
Michael Margarit and Heather Walker – Sudbury, ON (Volleyball)
Nicolas Grimard and Christopher Watt – Ottawa, ON (Gymnastics)
Patricia Careau and Dave Miller – Chalk River, ON (Weightlifting)
Peter Khang and Sui On Wong – Richmond Hill, ON (Volleyball)
Rick Collings and Kathleen Cull – Ottawa, ON (Curling)
Sandra Beedham and Stephanie Mascarin – Brantford, ON (Volleyball)
Vanessa Bessey and Jeanine Enns – Toronto, ON (Synchronized Swimming)


Coaches Helping Coaches Program Cycle of 2014-2015
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Dominic Soong and Devon Hamilton – Ottawa, ON (Badminton)
Patti Walsh and Mitchell Schrum – Kitchener, ON (Speed Skating )
Alena Zolotareva and Marissa Pfeffer – Hamilton, ON (Gymnastics)
Josh Nichol and  Matt Vares – Toronto, ON (Volleyball)
Patrick Brown and  Roger Antonio – Newmarket, ON (Basketball)
Jason Kerr and  Julia Wallace – Guelph, ON (Track and Field)

For any questions about Coaches Helping Coaches please contact Mercedes Watson at 416-426-7139 or