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
Kahunaverse 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)

Nomination Form


Chris Hopewell (Lantz, N.S.) has been coaching for 15 years both at the minor and adult levels, with a total of 19 Canadian Championship appearances as a player and coach. As a coach, he instills a legacy of sportsmanship and respect that goes well beyond a team’s win/loss record. Hopewell puts a strong emphasis on ethical conduct which has shaped the culture of his teams and his league. He has garnered the respect of opponents and umpires alike through years of leading by example and accepting nothing less than outstanding conduct.

Hopewell has led the East Hants Mastodons to five consecutive Top 5 finishes at the Men’s Canadian Championship. The Mastodons have become a perennial contender under his leadership, winning the Silver medal in 2015, a Bronze medal in 2016 and Hopewell’s elusive first Canadian Championship Gold medal with a win over the five-time defending champion Galway Hitmen in 2017. It was the first Gold medal for the province of Nova Scotia since the Halifax Jaguars won Gold in 1998, and third overall.

In addition to his success at the Men’s level, Hopewell was involved in bringing in several Nova Scotia Canada Games team and Mastodons players to help develop the Timbits Softball and U8 programs for the East Hants Minor Softball Association, and leads winter skill clinics for both minor and elite athletes in the area. Hopewell’s Mastodons will be looking to defend their title when they host the 2018 Men’s Canadian Championship in St. Croix, N.S.


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)