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

2014 Home Run Sports Coach of the Year

John Hill from St. John’s, Newfoundland has been coaching for over 20 years. As a former player himself, he understands what is needed to compete at the highest level. John is able to manage all his players’ personalities and tendencies and knit together a diverse group of players so they are pulling in the same direction to achieve their desired goals. John is a player’s coach. He is in tune with his player’s abilities and is able to maximize their skill sets. One word to describe John as a coach and his approach to the game of softball is “professionalism”.

As a retired police officer, John strongly believes in presenting a positive public image both on and off the field for not only himself but he demands it from his players. His players display the same approach to the game and that’s a credit to John and clearly demonstrates the respect his players have for him. John’s teams are looked upon by all fans, umpires and competitors as a class act and John would have it no other way. He was Softball NL’s Coach of the Year in 2011 and is a member of their Hall of Fame as a player. His success as a coach is highlighted by the three straight Senior Men’s Canadian Fast Pitch Championships won by his team, 3Cheers Pub Bud Light, from 2012-2014 including a silver medal in 2011. Since 2011 the team has achieved a record of 41-2. Not only has John been a leader on the field, but he was an essential component in their fundraising efforts so the team could attend and compete at the Canadian Championships.

Softball NL is very fortunate to a have a person of John’s caliber coaching in Newfoundland Labrador. John believes in giving back to the game. He started a minor softball program (Portugal Cove – St. Philips) when no program existed before so that kids had a place to learn and play the game. His coaching ability and love of the game is undeniably recognized within the softball community in Newfoundland Labrador and across Canada and any athlete that plays for him is extremely privileged.

Previous Coach of the Year Award Winners:

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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