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 Provincials or NOCA Men’s Provincials, our province’s premier high performance events.

2017 Apprenticeships

February 3, 2018 (9 am – 5 pm) – Curl ON – 2018 Tankard – Huntsville, ON – Mentor Coach:  Sean Turriff.

February 10, 2018 (9 am – 5 pm) – NOCA – Men’s Provincials – Little Current, ON – Mentor  Coach:  Tom Coulterman.

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, 2018.  Coaches who are successful will be contacted by January 23, 2018 or when the program is full, which ever comes first.

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 and will cover topics requested by the participants with common topics 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, 2018
  • Preference will be given to Coaches who have not participated in the 2016 or 2017 Next Gen Coach Apprenticeship Program.

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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

Sean Turriff

Sean Turriff is a National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Competition Development certified coach as well as a Certified Coach Developer for Curl ON and Curling Canada.  He is the Men’s Varsity coach at Humber College, Toronto, winners of the 2016 CCAA National Men’s Curling Championship.

In 2015 Turriff had the distinction of being the Director for the Chinese National Junior Curling Camp in Shanghai on behalf of the World Curling Federation.  Since 2011, Turriff has coached at the Trillium Junior Curling Camp in Ontario, working with the highest level of curling coaches in Canada.  In addition he coached the Brandon University (Brandon, Manitoba) women’s team in the Canadian University Championships in 2007-08 and he was the coach of the 2016 Nunavut junior men’s team when they won their first game ever at a national competition in the Canadian Junior Curling Championships.

You’ll find Sean on the Coaching bench at many U21 Events in Ontario, as he actively coaches youth teams.  He is a member of the Ontario Curling Council High Performance Coaching team, coaching at Talent Development Camps, guest speaking at webinars, coordinating events throughout the province.

Tom Coulterman

Tom Coulterman is one of Canada’s most accomplished curling coaches.

Most recently, the coach of Team Brad Jacobs, Tom’s coaching career has spanned over five decades and includes all levels of Competition – including coaching appearances at the Canada Winter Games, U21 Canadian Juniors, Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Brier, World Championships and the Olympics.

Tom acted as National Team Leader for Curling Canada between 1996 and 2008,  In those years, he lead the Canadian Junior Men’s winning teams to win an impressive 8 gold and 2 bronze medals at world championships.

Tom has been involved with youth and adult development for over 30 years running one of Canada’s first learn to curl programs, coaching at nearly every Trillium and Amethyst camp since their inception.  He is a valued member of the Ontario Curling Council’s High Performance and Coach Developer Team.


Questions about the program?

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

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