Coaching Excellence Awards

The Coaches Association of Ontario is proud to recognize the men and women who coach in Ontario. The Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards Program is a means by which the CAO has been celebrating the dedication and commitment of exemplary individuals who inspire, innovate and share knowledge of sport with others. The Awards recognize the importance of leadership, performance and the value of human insight which are all integral to great coaching.

This year’s Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards will take place on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Scotiabank Theater in Toronto. To buy your tickets, click here!

Please direct all inquires to Brooke Rosenfeld: brooke@coachesontario.ca or call 416-426-7001.

Please note the nomination deadline has now passed. We thank everyone who nominated a Coach and will announce winners soon!

Award Categories

Grassroots Coach

Two award recipients will be selected in this category; a dedicated male coach and a dedicated female coach who primarily coach youth or children. Coaches recognized in this category are inspirational role models in the community garnering the confidence and glowing praise from parents and local program leaders.

Eligibility:

Nominee must be an Ontario resident who has been actively coaching Ontario athletes under the age of 12 for the past 2 years (minimum).

Complete Nominations include:

  • A completed Grass Roots Coach Application form.
  • 2 letters of recommendation for the award e.g. from a parent, or a community program administrator.

Good To Great Coach

Two award recipients will be selected in this category; an outstanding male coach and an outstanding female coach who have coached athletes that have achieved a high standard of performance in competitive sport. The coaching focus is on performance excellence and competing to win. The coach would be recognized as the primary coach who identifies talented individuals; who creates a training environment that further develops athletic skills and abilities to a higher level of success in competition over a period of time.

Eligibility:
Nominee must be an Ontario resident who has been actively coaching Ontario athletes for at least 2 years. He or she must have coached at least one athlete to a national team spot (e.g. Jr or Sr team, Pan/Parapan Team) in the last 4 years.

Complete Nominations include:

  • A completed Good to Great Coach Application form.
  • 2 letters of recommendation for the award e.g. from an athlete, parent or sport administrator.

School Sport Coach

SELECTED BY OFSSA

The selection of recipients (1 Male and 1 Female teacher-coach) is based on their unique contribution to sport through continuous development of new coaches. The nominated coach must have influenced the development of new coaches and have shown evidence of program building as well as encouraging athletes to give back to sport. Furthermore the nominated coaches’ coaching style has proven to be ethical, demonstrated sportsmanship and contributed to the “education through school sport philosophy”.

Trailblazer Award

The Trailblazer coach is an innovative out-of- the-box thinker, a creative change agent who inspires others to follow, has made a difference in their sport or for the athletes they coach. Taking the road less travelled is often bumpy and this coach embraced the goal, persevered and made things better for their sport for years to come.

Eligibility:

  • Must be an Ontario resident
  • Actively coaching Ontario athletes for the past 3 years (minimum).

Note: Coaches who are nominated for other 2014 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards may also be considered for this award at the discretion of the Selection Committee.

Complete Nominations Include:

  • A completed Trailblazer Coach Application form.
  • 1 letter of recommendation for the award e.g. from an athlete, parent or sport administrator explaining what
  • 1 written testimony or media report as evidence of impact of the Trailblazer Coach’s breakthrough, influence or results.

Everyone Matters Coach Award

The “Everyone Matters” Award recipient has influenced the culture of their team, their organization or community by embracing diversity and differences. Over a sustained period of time they have demonstrated the value of an inclusive approach through acceptance and accessibility.

Eligibility:
Nominee must be an Ontario resident who has been actively coaching Ontario athletes for at least three (3) years.
Note: Coaches who are nominated for other 2014 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards may also be considered for this award at the discretion of the Selection Committee.

Complete Nominations Include:

  • A completed “Everyone Matters” Coach Application form.
  • 1 letter of recommendation for the award e.g. from an athlete, parent or sport administrator
  • 1 written testimony or media report as evidence of impact of the Coach’s breakthrough, influence or results.

Andy Higgins Lifetime Achievement Award

One award recipient in Ontario may be selected in this category; an outstanding coach who has made a significant contribution to coaching in Ontario over a very long sustained period of time; 20+ years.

Eligibility:
Nominee must be an Ontario resident who has been actively coaching Ontario athletes or mentoring other coaches for the past 20 years.

Completed Nominations Include:

  • A completed Lifetime Achievement Application form.
  • 2 letters of recommendation for the award e.g. from an athlete, parent or sport administrator.
  • Contact information for 2 references that may be contacted and speak about the individual nominated.

 

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