CBN coaches recognized at SSNL awards
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.”
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.