Board of Directors

Chair: Barrie Shepley

Barrie is Chair on the Board of Directors of the Coaches Association of Ontario. 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 first 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 sports community. While Barrie has been fortunate enough to coach and work at the highest levels of the sport, his true passion is at the grassroots level, where he believes that coaches and teachers can truly make a life-long impact on children and society. Barrie has been a colour commentator at the last four Olympic Games and does colour commentating all over the world for numerous networks.

Director serving as Vice-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.

Director serving as Secretary: Greg Henhawk

Greg is a Mohawk of the Bear Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River. Greg earned an Honours Kinesiology degree at the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Education at Althouse College (UWO) with specialization in physical education and science. He also spent time at Lakehead University working towards a master’s degree in Coaching Science with a concentration in Sports Psychology. Greg has spent 31 years in education. His various roles at Hagersville Secondary School have included:  physical education, science and math teacher; department head of physical education; and his present role as dual credit teacher at the alternative education program called School Within a College (SWAC).

He has spent 25 years coaching basketball at the community, competitive club, high school, provincial elite development, national elite development and university varsity level. He is presently coaching field hockey and badminton at the high school and competitive club level. Greg has been coaching various sports for 41 years. He has also been involved in the NCCP since 1980 as a participant, learning facilitator (coach developer), master coach developer and project advisor. His latest area of focus is the Aboriginal Coaching Modules (ACM) and the Aboriginal Long Term Participant Develop model (ALTPD). Greg was a founding board member of the Coaches Association of Ontario.

Director serving as Treasurer: Beth Ali

Beth was appointed the Executive Director of Athletics and Physical Activity at the University of Toronto in 2016 after serving as the director of the intercollegiate and high-performance sport since August 2010.

Ali is a recognized leader in Canadian inter-university and high performance sport, bringing 20 years of professional and volunteer experience in administration, coaching, event management and program development. A Level 4/5 certified coach with the National Coaching Certification Program in field hockey, she spent 17 years at U of T’s Faculty of Physical Education and Health as intercollegiate manager, program manager and head coach of Varsity Blues field hockey before taking on more senior roles elsewhere.

Ali was the associate director of athletics and recreation at Ryerson University and was also previously the associate director of athletics at the University of Waterloo. She recently served as chef de mission for the 2011 FISU Winter Games in Turkey.

She spent six years on the Field Hockey Canada national team coaching staff before becoming the high performance director of both the men’s and women’s programs from 2005-08. Ali represented Canada at the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games as well as the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Director: Justin Bobb

Justin is the Director of Sport & Operations at MLSE LaunchPad; a Sport for Development facility in Toronto, Canada.

Developed by MLSE Foundation, the charitable arm of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC & Toronto Argos), MLSE LaunchPad is a place where youth can use sport to recognize and reach their potential.

In addition to his role at MLSE, Justin is the Head Coach for Women’s Basketball at
Centennial College. Justin has an extensive background in community and sport development,
as well as the social housing sector, all while using sport as a tool of engagement to support
youth facing barriers. Justin is a graduate of Ryerson University with a B.A. in Sociology.

Director: Alexcia Sybblis

Alexcia has earned a Diploma in Recreation and Leisure Services at Centennial College and an Honours Sociology Degree at York University.

She works in the Municipal Sport Sector for nearly 20 years, Planning, Developing and implementing programs for all age groups and abilities. Alexcia is part of a Municipal Sports Service Team. She was also apart of the working group responsible for the training of Instructors and Launch of the ‘Ready, Set, PLAY!’ 2016 Legacy of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, made possible through the City of Toronto’s Host City Showcase. ‘Ready, Set, PLAY! is the City’s physical literacy program for children, designed to introduce children to the basics of moving confidently and competently, while having fun. Alexcia has extensive experience delivering programs and training to Youth, in Fundamental Movement Skills and Fundamental Sport Skills within the Municipal Sector, with a note to the City of Toronto Ready, Set, PLAY! and Sport Instructor Training.

She has spent 20 years as a Volunteer Community Coach, coaching basketball, soccer and volleyball, within the Toronto District Elementary/Secondary School Athletics Association. Alexcia is currently coaching Rep. level basketball. She is currently an NCCP Learning Facilitator – Coach Developer.