HR Sports PNG 

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 (in any softball NCCP context) 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: September 15th
  (or next business day)

Nomination Form


Ted Birdsall (Vancouver, British Columbia) has been coaching competitively for ten years with a proven record of success in the White Rock Renegades Fastpitch Club. In the last nine years, his teams have come home with seven Provincial medals and three Canadian Championship titles. Birdsall is known for the culture he creates with his teams, often receiving accolades on the professionalism and class his athletes exude on and off the field of play.

Starting in 2010, Birdsall took his U12 Renegades ’99 all the way through U16, coaching them for six years, bringing home four gold medals and a bronze from Provincials, as well as winning the Canadian Championships in 2015. He then went on to coach the U16 Renegades ’02 for two years, winning another Provincial gold medal and a Canadian Championship in 2018. In 2019, he coached the first year U16 Renegades ’04 to both a Provincial gold medal in July, and a Canadian Championship gold medal in August, going undefeated in Calgary.

As a coach, Birdsall believes in developing well-rounded athletes, instilling teamwork, commitment, and respect in each and every one of his players. He continues to learn and advance as a coach himself, while taking the time to mentor developing coaches, giving back to his community. Birdsall’s passion and dedication to his athletes and the sport of softball has made him the honorable recipient of the 2019 Home Run Sports Coach of the Year award.


2018 - Rod Drouillard (Ontario)
2017 - Chris Hopewell (Nova Scotia)
2016 - Jean-Yves Doucet (Quebec)
2015 - David Muswaggon (Manitoba)
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)