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.)
• Coach`s name, address, and phone number(s)
2012 Home Run Sports Coach of the Year
Mike Soucy is much more than a softball coach to his community in Irma, Alberta (pop. 457). Mike has been coaching softball for over 15 years sharing his passion for the game and helping to grow the game at all levels. Irma consistently sends teams in most age categories to Provincial Championships in large part due to Mike’s efforts as a coach, manager, fundraiser, groundskeeper, community doer and most of all as an ambassador of the game.
As a coach, Mike fully develops all of his athletes. He has taught them the importance of being a good teammate and a good person. He has taught them to always believe in themselves. These are qualities that will assist his players in all aspects of life. This year, seven players coached by Mike competed for a place on the Junior Men’s National Team with six players making the team. Quite an accomplishment! The 2012 season was capped off with Mike leading his Irma Tigers to the gold medal at the U18 Men’s Canadian Championship but there were many team successes prior to this at various Provincial Championships, Alberta Summer Games and Western Canadian Championships over the years.
Mike exemplifies the qualities of an excellent coach by making the game fun and developing all his players to be great people and outstanding athletes. His passion and dedication in growing the game is unwavering! Softball Canada is very pleased to recognize Mike Soucy as the 2012 Home Run Sports Coach of the Year.
Previous Coach of the Year Award Winners:
2011 - Jamie Wentworth (NS)
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)