Home Run Sports Coach of the Year Award


Do you know a coach who:

  • Respects everyone who is involved with the game and demonstrates good sportsmanship?
  • Is concerned with the complete development of all their players?
  • Is a positive coaching role model?
  • Tries to become a better coach through education and training?
  • Is able to improve the performance of the players and team they coach?
  • Shares their expertise with the softball community?

If you answered YES to these questions,
then this person is a candidate for the
Home Run Sports Coach of the Year


  1. The coach shall be a Canadian citizen / landed immigrant.
  2. The coach shall be fully certified (at any softball NCCP level) to qualify.
  3. The coach shall be nominated by a player, softball club or league executive, district softball organization, community service group, municipal council or local school board. (No personal nominations will be accepted.)

Nominations must include:

  • Coach's name, address, and phone number(s)
  • Name, address, and phone number(s) of nominating individual or group
  • Record of nominee's coaching experience
  • Coach's record of softball NCCP activity
  • Record of coaching achievements / player progress
  • Coach's role in developing and improving sport, coaching and athletes in their community
  • Personal highlights
  • Letter of support from respective Provincial/Territorial Softball Association
  • It is strongly recommended to include letters of support from athletes that have been coached by the nominee or letters from other sources to give the selection committee a good understanding of the nominee`s coaching ability
  • Picture of nominee. Can be a head and shoulders shot or a photo of nominee actively coaching
DEADLINE: October 1st
  (or next business day)

Click here to download the
Coach of the Year nomination form

2015 Home Run Sports Coach of the Year

David Muswaggon from Cross Lake, Manitoba exemplifies passion and dedication as a coach and builder of the game. David is a Competition – Introduction certified coach and will be striving for Competition – Development certification in preparation for the 2017 Canada Summer Games. He encourages and mentors other coaches. As head coach of the Pimicikamak Thunder, David’s team captured the Gold medal at the 2015 Provincial Championship and the 2014 and 2015 U16 Boys Western Canadian Softball Championship and recently placed 6th at Softball Canada’s 2015 U16 Boys Canadian Championship. He emphasizes playing the game the “right way” by teaching the fundamentals. Commitment to school, family and community is equally important to him. His dedication included driving his athletes to Saskatoon for the Junior Men’s National Team Identification Camps so they could reach for their dreams.

As a softball builder, David has turned Northern Manitoba into the ‘Home of Boys Softball Development’. He worked closely with Softball Manitoba in setting up 6 development weekends for hundreds of athletes in the North including flying in and hosting Winnipeg clinicians. He spent countless hours communicating with the different regions, securing funds and training volunteers to create a 26 team Northern Boys Softball Association so youth could compete in their own age divisions close to home. He also assisted in bringing four diamonds up to standards resulting in Cross Lake hosting five Provincial Championships in 2015.

David’s coaching ability and love of the game is undeniably recognized across Manitoba. Any athlete that plays for him is extremely privileged to have a coach with his passion and dedication to the game. 

Previous Coach of the Year Award Winners:

2014 - John Hill (Newfoundland & Labrador)
2013 - Haylee O'Neill (Manitoba)
2012 - Mike Soucy (Alberta)
2011 - Jamie Wentworth (Nova Scotia)
2010 - Earle Woodside (Saskatchewan)
2009 - Claude Vinet (Quebec)
2008 - Dave Bourne (Ontario)
2007 - Tyler Lorenz (British Columbia)
2006 - Jim Dunphy (Newfoundland & Labrador)
2005 - Marie-Claude Lapointe (Quebec)
2004 - Phil Thom (British Columbia)
2003 - Rocky Larson (Alberta)
2002 - Paul Doiron (Nova Scotia)
2001 - Allan Schwarz (Alberta)
2000 - Jerry Dugger (British Columbia)
1999 - Ray Gillis (New Brunswick)
1998 - Bob Turner (Manitoba)
1997 - Roger Ahern (Prince Edward Island)
1996 - Not awarded
1995 - Evelyn and Roy Holenski (Manitoba)
1994 - Louis Henri (New Brunswick)
1993 - David McLean (Saskatchewan)
1992 - Ian Belyea (Alberta)
1991 - Fred Jackson (Newfoundland & Labrador)
1990 - Emile Berube (Alberta)
1989 - Doug Holoien (Saskatchewan)

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