Chair: Barrie Shepley
Barrie Shepley is Chair on the Board of Directors of the Coaches Association of Ontario. He is the President of Personal Best Health & Performance Inc. Barrie has been training elite athletes for more than ten years and was Canada’s first National Triathlon Coach. He was the first Olympic Triathlon Head Coach for Canada at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Barrie is the first coach inducted into the Triathlon Canada Hallf of Fame. He is a graduate of Canada’s National Coaching Institute, completing the High Performance Diploma program of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). In addition to coaching, Barrie is very involved in the community. He is a founding member of several associations including the Ontario Association of Triathletes, Kids of Steel (national youth program), Triathlon Canada, C3-Canadian Cross Training Club and the Coaches Association of Ontario. Barrie continues to coach High Performance Athletes around the world, and is a well-respected leader in the sport community. While Barrie has been fortunate enough to coach and work at the highest levels of sport, his true passion is at the grass roots level, where he believes that coaches and teachers can truly make a life-long impact on children and society. Barrie has been a colour commentator at the last four Olympic Games and does colour commentating all over the world for numerous networks.
Past-Chair: Sheilagh Croxon
For over 25 years, Sheilagh has been one of Canada’s top synchronized swimming coaches. A visionary leader, she co-coached the Canadian Olympic Team to the team silver medal in Atlanta. Four years later, as head coach, her team won a memorable Olympic bronze medal in Sydney. At the Beijing Games, she coached New Zealand’s pair to its first Olympic qualification in the sport since 1984. In 2009, her coaching legacy was recognized with induction into the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame.
A chartered professional coach, Sheilagh’s coaching resumé includes dozens of international podium successes at major competitions and numerous coaching excellence awards. Her coaching expertise is sought by synchro federations and clubs around the world. She regularly mentors other coaches and shares her knowledge through workshops and clinics.
As a consultant with the Coaching Association of Canada’s Women in Coaching program from 2004 to 2012, Sheilagh developed and championed strategies to improve conditions for women coaches.
2nd Vice-Chair: Dr. Earl Church
Earl was born and raised in Woodstock, Ontario. He received his Doctorate in Physical Education from Springfield College, MA. He is a retired high school educator from Niagara Region. He served on the Board of Directors of OFSAA for 15 years and has served on the Board of Directors for the Coaches Association of Ontario since its inception. After his retirement from teaching, he was the Executive Director of the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association for five years. Dr. Church has coached at all levels in the past fifty years! As a respected athletics coach and developer of both able-bodied as well as Paralympic athletes, he has been inducted into three national Halls of Fame: CCPSA, Athletics Canada and Canadian Paralympic Committee. He was also honoured with the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his contribution to Canada, the Ron Foster Award for Outstanding Contribution for Ontario Para Sports, the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow for his community involvement with youth, the Ontario Sports Award, as well as many others. His involvement as coach and then Head Coach of the Canadian Athletics Paralympic team at a number of Paralympics and World Championships has garnered friendships nationally and internationally. Earl is a member of the International Olympic Academy, Olympia, Greece. As a chartered professional coach, he is, according to his family, currently “on loan” from Ontario to the universite de Moncton and Athletics New Brunswick. During his time in New Brunswick, he has been awarded Coach of the Year from Athletics NB and also Coach of the Year from Sport NB.
Treasurer/Secretary: Ann Doggett
Ann Doggett is a director of the Coaches’ Association of Ontario, a director for Field Hockey Canada and member of Competition Committee for Pan American Hockey Federation. She coached in Field Hockey Ontario’s high performance program from 1998 – 2011. Currently, Ann is FHO’s Coach Development Chair and FHC’s Board of Director lead for Coach Development. Ann is a NCCP Multi-Sport and Field Hockey Canada Master Coach Developer.
Director: Greg Henhawk
Greg is a Mohawk of the Bear Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River. Greg earned an Honours Kinesiology degree at the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Education at Althouse College (UWO) with specialization in physical education and science. He also spent time at Lakehead University working towards a master’s degree in Coaching Science with a concentration in Sports Psychology. Greg has spent 31 years in education. His various roles at Hagersville Secondary School have included: physical education, science and math teacher; department head of physical education; and his present role as dual credit teacher at the alternative education program called School Within a College (SWAC).
He has spent 25 years coaching basketball at the community, competitive club, high school, provincial elite development, national elite development and university varsity level. He is presently coaching field hockey and badminton at the high school and competitive club level. Greg has been coaching various sports for 41 years. He has also been involved in the NCCP since 1980 as a participant, learning facilitator (coach developer), master coach developer and project advisor. His latest area of focus is the Aboriginal Coaching Modules (ACM) and the Aboriginal Long Term Participant Develop model (ALTPD). Greg was a founding board member of the Coaches Association of Ontario.
Director: Beth Ali
Beth Ali was appointed the Executive Director of Athletics and Physical Activity at the University of Toronto in 2016 after serving as the director of intercollegiate and high performance sport since August, 2010.
Ali is a recognized leader in Canadian inter-university and high performance sport, bringing 20 years of professional and volunteer experience in administration, coaching, event management and program development. A Level 4/5 certified coach with the National Coaching Certification Program in field hockey, she spent 17 years at U of T’s Faculty of Physical Education and Health as intercollegiate manager, program manager and head coach of Varsity Blues field hockey before taking on more senior roles elsewhere.
Ali was the associate director of athletics and recreation at Ryerson University and was also previously the associate director of athletics at the University of Waterloo. She recently served as chef de mission for the 2011 FISU Winter Games in Turkey.
She spent six years on the Field Hockey Canada national team coaching staff before becoming the high performance director of both the men’s and women’s programs from 2005-08. Ali represented Canada at the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games as well as the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.