CBN coaches rec­og­nized at SSNL awards

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­

Coaches rarely en­ter that world in or­der to re­ceive recog­ni­tion.

Of­ten, they start teach­ing the game be­cause they love sport and they want to give back.

For some, like Bac­calieu Col­le­giate’s David Au­coin, coach­ing a team was a nat­u­ral ex­ten­sion of his job.

“As a phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher/coach, I felt it was a nat­u­ral ex­ten­sion of my du­ties. On a per­sonal level I have sim­ply de­rived a great deal of sat­is­fac­tion in work­ing with stu­dents to­ward a com­mon goal and to teach and watch stu­dents at play,” said Au­coin. “The com­pe­ti­tion, train­ing, ca­ma­raderie de­vel­oped by stu­dents through sport carry them for­ward in their ev­ery­day life. It makes them bet­ter stu­dents and bet­ter peo­ple.”

On June 3, Au­coin and Edward Jarvis were awarded coach­ing ser­vice award for their work with School Sports New­found­land Labrador.

It’s an award given to coaches who have been in­volved with school sports for a min­i­mum 25 years. Both have spend decades help­ing mould young ath- letes at their re­spec­tive schools. Au­coin has been in­volved with Bac­calieu Col­le­giate sports for the past 14 years and an­other 15 at other schools. In to­tal, he’s been around sport for four decades.

“I be­gan as an as­sis­tant on sum­mer re­cre­ation pro­grams in my home com­mu­nity of St. Ge­orge’s and I have been coach­ing for 29 years in high school,” said Au­coin. “

At Bac­calieu, he’s been in­volved in cross-coun­try, vol­ley­ball, bas­ket­ball, bad­minton and track and field. This year, it’s been mostly vol­ley­ball and bad­minton.

Jarvis is the head fe­male bas­ket­ball coach at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate. Un­der his guid­ance, the pro­gram has reached new heights and has won three AAAA tier II ti­tle in three years.

Be­fore that, he’s had his hand in plenty of sports.

“It’s a pretty pres­ti­gious award,” said Jarvis. “You don’t need a piece of pa­per to know you’ve put 25 years in, but it’s nice to get rec­og­nized. This is kind of like a thank-you card.

“It’s not nec­es­sary, but it is cer­tainly ap­pre­ci­ated.”

Mo­ti­va­tion in­cluded

The ser­vice award means a cou­ple of things. It’s recog­ni­tion for years of ser­vice to the school, it’s stu­dents and the de­vel­op­ment of young ath­letes.

It can also serve as a piece of mo­ti­va­tion for them to keep giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity.

“It takes a lot of com­mit­ment if you’re go­ing to do it right,” said Jarvis. “It’s all or noth­ing. I still have a pas­sion for it.”

Coach­ing can be a thank­less job. Peo­ple see the games, but they don’t see the hours of prac­tice and long days on the road that goes hand-in-hand with the games.

Au­coin and Jarvis were hum­bled just for be­ing nom­i­nated.

“I was very happy to be con­sid­ered for such an award as it is con­sid­ered pres­ti­gious among coaches/phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion spe­cial­ists,” said Au­coin. “It also con­firms you had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact upon the stu­dents you have taught and coached, again this is an emo­tional highlight of my ca­reer.”


Bac­calieu Col­le­giate’s David Au­coin (left) and Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate’s Edward Jarvis (right) were rec­og­nized with coach­ing ser­vice awards from School Sports NL at a re­cent awards ban­quet on June 3. Also pic­tured re­ceiv­ing an award is Rose­mary Ryan.

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