Coaching Recognition

Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame

The Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame was inaugurated in 1999 with the induction of Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of the game of basketball. The Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame does not yet have a permanent site. Nominees are honoured at the Hall of Fame Gala Dinner.

Eligibility

Any person who has achieved an outstanding standard of excellence in basketball is eligible for a recognition award or election as an Honoured Member of the Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame in one the following categories: Athletes, Coaches, Builders, Teams, Officials.

Nominees must be residents of Ontario or have been born in Ontario or made their distinguished contribution to the game of basketball in Ontario.

Coaches

Coaches are individuals whose efforts and expertise in the development and training of basketball athletes have made an outstanding and extraordinary contribution to the sport of basketball in Ontario, resulting in the promotion and development of the game of basketball in Ontario, nationally, or internationally. Coaches must be retired from active duty for at least two years, or be 60 years of age or older, or have 25 years of coaching experience in order to be eligible for entry.

Please click here for more details on Hall of Fame policies and procedures (.pdf). And please click here to submit a nomination (.pdf) for the Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame.

CAO Coaching Excellence Awards

Do you know a coach who inspires a life-long love of sports in their teams and athletes or a coach who’s an innovative thinker, pushing the envelope and inventing new approaches to old challenges?

Why not nominate them for a Coaching Excellence Award?

The Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards Program celebrates 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 necessary to great coaching.

Date of Banquet and Awards Ceremony: September 17, 2016
Location: To Be Announced

Please visit the Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards Program page for the most up-to-date information about the banquet.

Nominate an awesome coach in one of five categories

All nomination forms can be found on the Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards Program page. Nominate a coach at:

Grass Roots (1 Female, 1 Male)

Coaches recognized in this category focus on being role models within the community by introducing children and youth to sport, developing fundamental movement skills while creating positive environments and encouraging an ongoing love to be physically active.
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).
Nomination Deadline: Friday, July 15, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

Good-To-Great (1 Female, 1 Male)

The Good-To-Great coach is recognized as the primary coach who identifies talented individuals and 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. Junior or Senior team, Pan/Parapan Team) in the last 4 years.
Nomination Deadline: Thursday, June 1, 2017

Trailblazer Coach

The Trailblazer coach is someone who pushes the envelope by inventing new approaches to old challenges, breaks through barriers and is an innovative thinker who inspires others to follow while making a difference in their sport or for their athletes.
Eligibility: Nominee must be an Ontario resident who has actively been coaching Ontario athletes for the past 3 years (minimum).
Note: Coaches who are nominated for other 2016 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards may also be considered for this award at the discretion of the Selection Committee.
Nomination Deadline: Thursday, June 1, 2017

Everyone Matters Coach

The “Everyone Matters” Award recipient has influenced the culture of their team, organization or community by embracing diversity. The nominee should be successful in reaching out and actively welcoming different genders, age groups, newcomers to a sport program or a coach who successfully integrates athletes with a disability into the program.
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 2016 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards may also be considered for this award at the discretion of the Selection Committee.
Nomination Deadline: Thursday, June 1, 2017

Andy Higgins Lifetime Achievement Award

Andy Higgins, an Olympic decathlon coach, an educator and all around good human being, has devoted his lifetime to instilling positive values, citizen development and making a difference in people’s lives through sport. A coach who dreams big, looks for the possibilities, and focuses on a lasting legacy would be an ideal award recipient in this category.
Eligibility: Nominee must be an Ontario resident who has been actively coaching Ontario athletes or mentoring other coaches for the past 20 years.
Nomination Deadline: Thursday, June 1, 2017

School Sport Coach – (1 Female, 1 Male) – Selected by OFSAA

The selection of recipients 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.
Nomination Deadline: Monday, May 22, 2017.

For a School Sport Coach Award nomination form, visit the OFSAA website.
Direct any questions to:
Shamus Bourdon
Assistant Director at OFSAA

Visit Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards Program page for a nomination form.