Glenn Paulley

About Glenn Paulley

Glenn Paulley is a high-performance coach with the Ontario Curling Council and is the convener of the junior program at the Elmira and District Curling Club. In 2016 he coached the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men to a national CIS championship. Currently he is the coach of Team Emma McKenzie, a U18 women's team out of Elmira.


Building a dryland footwork trainer

Since publishing the first article about the footwork trainer in June, a number of people have asked for more detailed specifications and additional photographs so that they can construct their own. The trainer itself is simple to construct. The parts list is as follows: two 30-inch wood pieces of 2x6 glued and screwed together using 3-inch brass wood screws; one 30-inch piece of 2x4 attached to the top, again using 3-inch brass screws; two 18-inch 2x4 pieces for the trainer's wheelbase. Note that...


On-ice training for brushing footwork

This past June I wrote an article that described the use of a footwork trainer for brushing in the closed position. The trainer permits competitive athletes to train off-ice, on their own time, and I have been extremely pleased with the results with Team McKenzie over the past three months. Alison Poluck and Jessica Filipcic, who appear in that video, have done extremely well in learning closed position brushing footwork and that has instantly translated into better on-ice performance at...


Dalhousie students develop new smartbroom prototype

This past week, on September 15 2016, Dalhousie University engineering students Devon Hartlen and Katherine Adye presented their team's design for a sophisticated curling "smart broom" to the 2016 Engineers Nova Scotia Annual General Meeting in Halifax, by invitation after the students' presentation at the CEEA annual student design competition. The project team included students Alex Landry and Emile Feniyanos, and was supervised by Dalhousie Civil Engineering professor John Newhook. The students' design improves on existing smart brooms, both commercial and...


Curling, university, and the student-athlete

Come September many active U18 curlers will make their way to Universities and Colleges across Ontario to begin their university careers as student-athletes. The majority of these student-athletes are already experienced players, many with several seasons of competitive play behind them and looking forward to continuing their pursuit of high-performance play by trying out for their respective school teams. And that is the subject of this post: what to expect from your school's curling program when you arrive on campus...

Northern Ontario skip Krista McMcCarville in the Championship game at the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the Canadian Womens Curling Championships, Grande Praire, Alberta

Thoughts on brushing for the 2016-2017 season

On June 27, 2016 the World Curling Federation published its preliminary findings from the "Sweeping Summit" that was held at Kemptville, Ontario in mid-June. The summit included representatives from various brush manufacturers, provincial and national sport organizations including the WCF, and a variety of elite players from a number of countries including Canada. A preliminary analysis of the data gathered at the Summit prompted the WCF to publish a set of recommendations it plans to ratify at the WCF's Annual...


Dryland training for brushing footwork

In the Curling Canada High Performance Program coaching manual, under "Technical Development: Sweeping", you will find the following quote attributed to Darryl Horne: Without doubt sweeping is the most under-coached, under-practiced, under-appreciated, and under-rated aspect of the game. I could not agree more. With nearly three years of smart-broom testing of bantam- and junior-aged players in Ontario I can safely say that the number of top-quality brushers amongst (even) championship teams needs to increase. Which brings me to the work I am...