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. Inductees are honoured at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony every two years (2014, 2016, 2018, etc.).

Any person who has achieved an outstanding standard of excellence in basketball is eligible for nomination as an honoured member of the Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame in one of the following categories:

  • Athletes
  • Coaches
  • Builders
  • Teams
  • Officials

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.

Learn more about the other Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame award categories.

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

For additional information, visit Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame.

Ontario Sport Awards

The Government of Ontario celebrates the exceptional contributions of Ontario amateur athletes, coaches and sport organizations through the Ontario Sport Awards. Since 1965, the Ontario Sport Awards have recognized outstanding achievement in Ontario amateur sport and are the highest honour the province bestows on individuals and organizations that demonstrate excellence in sport.

Any Ontario resident may nominate an individual or organization for an award in the following categories:

  • Leadership in Inclusive Participation
  • System Design Excellence
  • Ontario Provincial Athlete of the Year (Male)
  • Ontario Provincial Athlete of the Year (Female)

For additional information, including eligibility criteria and nomination forms, visit Ontario Sport Awards.

Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards

Through the Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards program, the Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO) celebrates the dedication and commitment of exemplary individuals in Ontario 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.

A coach can be nominated in one of the following seven categories:

  • Grass Roots Coach (1 Male, 1 Female)
  • Good-to-Great Coach (1 Male, 1 Female)
  • Trailblazer Coach
  • Everyone Matters Coach
  • Aboriginal Impact Coach
  • Andy Higgins Lifetime Achievement Award
  • School Sport Coach (1 Male, 1 Female) (selected by OFSAA)

For additional information about the Coaching Excellence Awards, including eligibility criteria and nomination forms, visit Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards Program.

For additional information about the School Sport Coach Award, including eligibility criteria and the nomination form, visit OFSAA Awards.