This year’s recipient of the Northern Ontario Curling Association’s (NOCA) Coaching Award is Dan Lemiuex, from the Community First Curling Centre in Sault Ste. Marie. This award is presented annually by NOCA to an individual who has shown a great deal of commitment and passion to the development of athletes both on and off the ice.
Dan has been involved in coaching at the Community First Curling Centre for many years. He coaches multiple teams at the High School, Bantam (U18), Junior (U21) and college levels. His teams have been very successful, often advancing to the provincial levels of competition. In this 2016/17 season, the St. Mary’s High School curling team coached by Dan won both the Sault Ste. Marie City Championships and NOSSA as well as a bronze medal of the OFSAA Curling Championships. His U18 and U21 teams both finished in third place at the NOCA Provincial championships. At the college level, both the Sault College Mixed Curling Team and the Sault College Mens’ Curling Team were the only teams from Northern Ontario to make the play-offs at the OCAA Curling championship and the Mixed Team earned a silver medal.
Dan has twice been awarded the Asham Junior Curling Coaching Award, including this past season, as selected by his peers for demonstrating respect for officials and opponents; demonstrating a philosophy of fair play, sportsmanship, and attitude that reflects the coaching code of conduct; concern for all-round athlete development; presenting a positive image of coaching; and demonstrating ability to improve athletic performance of teams and athletes.
Dan Lemieux has a promising future as a coach in the sport of curling. He continues to find opportunities to develop as a coach and most recently had the opportunity to learn beside Rick Lang at the NOCA Mens’ Provincials in Thunder Bay.
Source: Blythe Servant