The Girls Program
My Coach Development really started 20 years ago when a good friend talked me into helping him coach a 16U girls’ team. From there I was hooked and really wanted to become the best coach I could become. My goal was to educate myself by taking courses and getting certified as well as surrounding myself with the best coaches I could.
My formal education lies entirely in sport, fitness and recreation, with a Diploma in Recreation and Leisure Services from Fanshawe College, a Degree in Kinesiology from Western and a Master’s Degree in Physical Education from Canisius College, together with my NCCP Certification, Level 3 (Performance) with the Advanced Development Coach Certification from the Canadian Sport Institute (Level 4 equivalent). I feel like my formal training as a coach has led to many of the successes that I have seen with my teams on the court.
Over my 20 years of coaching, I have coached 10 years at Ingersoll DCI culminating with a 4th place finish in AAA as an AA school while convening the tournament, multiple OVA Top 5 finishes (including a Division 1, Tier 1 gold and silver) and Volleyball Canada top 5 finishes (Including a Division 1, Tier 1 gold, silver and 5th). I spent 2 years as an assistant coach at Western where I learned the ins and outs of planning a season, followed by 2 years as a Head Coach at Mohawk College where we finished top 4 in the OCAA both years (1 bronze), followed by 5 years at Fanshawe College where we developed a program from a 5-13 season to the best season in program history, winning the 1st OCAA Championship in 47 years and 1st CCAA Medal in program history.
All in all, I attribute my success to all of the great coaches and athletes that I have been fortunate to work with on the court at the Club level, College and University as well as my time with Team Ontario as a Head Coach and now as a mentor coach. My desire to always be learning and teaching has led me to this position as Technical Director of the Girls’ Program. I look forward to helping develop the girls’ coaches and have an impact on the growth and development of many athletes at LVC in the years to come.
I want to thank all of the coaches in the London area that I have been so privileged to work with over the years. I wouldn’t be where I am without all of you. I look forward to continuing to work with everyone in developing the youth athletes in the London Region!