The Coaches Helping Coaches program, was created with the purpose of recruiting and supporting new coaches in the province. It embodied 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.

We looked for active coaches, trained in the NCCP to nominate and mentor an individual they thought would make a great coach in their community or sport. Anyone could be a new coach; former athletes, teachers, newcomers, parents, community recreation leaders and/or youth. The nominated individual would, with the help and guidance of their mentor, begin coaching in their community/sport and get started on their coach education pathway. The CAO supported this environment by providing tools and support to both the Mentor and New Coach.

Although the Coaches Helping Coaches program, is no longer accepting new nominations, it has been expanded into the Changing the Game Program for Female Apprentice Coaches and Male and Female Mentor Coaches.

Congratulations to Coaches Helping Coaches Program Cycle of 2016-2017

Carolyn Horner and Laura Shield – Toronto, ON (Equestrian)
Donald McFaul and Meesa Lydiate – Vankleek Hill, ON (Curling)
Laura Mouck and Lauren Stokes – Nepean, ON (Synchronized Swimming)
Paul Vilchez and Brittany Kerkhof – Hamilton, ON (Weightlifting)
Rahim Mohamed and Cameron Hepple – Toronto, ON (Soccer)
Ron Guilbault and Franz Ohler – Emburn, ON (Curling)
Sarah Gray and Chris Waghorn– Brooklin, ON (Curling)

Past Coaches Helping Coaches Program Stories


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)
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)


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