Next Generation Coach Apprenticeship Program

The Ontario Curling Council, Curl ON, and the Northern Ontario Curling Association through generous support from the Coaches Association of Ontario and Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport’s Quest for Gold Program, are pleased to offer an exciting opportunity for coaches who want to raise their game to the next level.  Coaches will learn from two of curling’s most highly trained and acclaimed coaches during either the Curl ON’s Men’s/Women’ts Provincials or NOCA Men’s Provincials, our province’s premier high performance events.

2017 Apprenticeships

February 4, 2017 (9 am – 5 pm) – Curl ON – Men’s/Women’s Provincials – Cobourg, ON – Mentor Coach:  Wendy Morgan – (January 16, 2017 Update – this program is oversubscribed , all successful applicants have been contacted, all others will remain on a waitlist)

February 11, 2017 (9 am – 5 pm) – NOCA Men’s Provincials – Thunder Bay, ON – Mentor Coach:  Rick Lang (January 27, 2107 – update – this program is oversubscribed, all successful applicants have been contacted, all others will remain on a waitlist).

Five coaches will be selected for each location on a first come, first served basis, with two spots reserved for female coaches until January 22, 2017.  Coaches will  learn in a small group setting,  during a day long session which will involve both classroom and game observation (Provincial game) with one of two of Canada’s top mentor coaches.  Exact agenda and program locations for each day is site specific but the same “topics’ will be covered in both locations.  Specific agendas will be distributed upon finalization to successful applicants.

Classroom discussions may include:

  • Pre-event preparations – tapering, logistical planning, competition planning, practices, IST support, media training
  • Managing the Competition Environment – managing distractions, establishing routines, making effective use of pre-event and pre-game practices

Game Observation discussions may include:

  • Game and End Planning
  • Strategical and Tactical Decision Making
  • Timeout Procedures/Scripts
  • Pre and Post Game Meetings

There is NO FEE to participate, however, coaches are responsible for their own travel, meals and accommodations.  A TRAVEL EQUALIZATION PROGRAM is in effect, and OUT OF TOWN coaches will be eligible for up to $250.00 travel subsidy as determined by the Ontario Curling Council Manager of Programs and Operations.

Coaches who participate in program will be eligible for 3 professional development credits towards their NCCP Maintenance of Certification.

Coach Eligibility

  • Coaches must be a member in good standing with their Member Association (Curl ON or NOCA)
  • Coaches must be Certified Competition Coach or higher
  • Ideally coaches will be working with a provincial calibre team and HAVE NOT yet experienced a National championship (i.e. intended for developing coaches)
  • Two spots in each program location will be reserved for female coaches until January 22, 2017
  • Coaches have not participated in the 2016 Next Gen Coach Apprenticeship Program (held in North Bay and Brantford)

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Program will close when five applicants (including two females) are reached for each site, remaining applicants will be placed on wait list in the event of a participant not being able to attend.

About the Mentors

Wendy Morgan

ZEN-NOH World Women's Curling Championship 2015, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

One of Canada’s most accomplished coaches, Wendy is the Team Coach of Canadian Scotties Champions and world silver medalists, Jennifer Jones.  She is a National Coach for Curling Canada, and has lead the Canadian Paralympic Wheelchair Curling Team/Program since 2006 producing three Paralympic Gold Medals and multiple world championships.

Wendy has coached and lead teams to the Tim Horton’s Brier, Canadian Juniors, World Seniors, Canada Winter Games, World University Games, Olympic Pre-trials, Canadian University Championships and a host of other provincial championships.  She remains a Provincial High Performance Coach in Ontario.  Wendy is a Level 4 Certified Curling Coach.

Rick LangRick

Rick Lang is one of Canada’s most accomplished curling athletes and is now Curling Canada’s Men’s National Team Coach.

Rick has represented Northern Ontario at 13 National Championships (Men’s, Senior’s and Mixed).  He is a three time Brier Champion, two time World Champion, World Senior Silver Medalist, Canadian Mixed Champion.

In his role as National Team Coach – Rick has lead teams to World and Olympic championships.


Questions about the program?

 Contact the OCC’s Jennifer Ferris, Manager of Programs and Operations at or 289-527-0352.

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