Coaching Association of Canada

Geoff Gowan Award Winners 2011

Allison McNeill 

Allison McNeill is a Canadian icon, a treasure and a valued resource to the sport of basketball and the entire coaching community. She has dedicated over thirty years of her life to coaching female athletes in basketball and is recognized as an outstanding coach, teacher and friend by athletes and colleagues alike.

Prior to becoming the head coach of the Canadian women’s national team in 2002, and leading the team to the World Championships in 2006 and 2010, McNeill held coaching roles at the University of Oregon and Simon Fraser University. She is also a keynote speaker and conference presenter, having established the Women’s Coaching Circle in 2009, to provide female basketball coaches with the opportunity to interact with and learn from senior coaches and facilitators. Over the years, she has devoted thousands of hours to running clinics for youth basketball players and youth coaches in British Columbia and is a truly deserving recipient of this prestigious award.


Dr. Eric Broom

Dr. Eric Broom has worked as a teacher, a regional officer with Sport England, a Human Kinetics Professor at UBC, an Associate Deputy Minister for Sport in British Columbia and has held many consultancy roles in sport.

In 1975, four years after receiving his Ph.D. in Physical Education from the University of Illinois, Dr. Broom delivered his very first coach education course. A technical expert and coach educator for rugby, athletics, swimming, tennis, and field hockey, Eric has successfully trained over 10,000 coaches as a NCCP Master Learning Facilitator.

In particular, he has a special place in his heart for the sport of field hockey and is a cherished member of Field Hockey Canada and Field Hockey BC. He has also coached many athletes on both the Canadian national men’s field hockey team and the University of British Columbia men’s team.

Eric’s leadership in BC has also extended towards the national training centre concept and junior athlete programming – both of which are being rolled out nationally by Field Hockey Canada. His optimistic and encouraging style has influenced and shaped the growing sport of field hockey and his legacy is felt at the community, provincial and national levels.

Dr. Broom is the recipient of the Governor General’s Commemorative Medal in recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, community and Canada, and with accolades that span his entire coach education career, we are thrilled to honour him with the Geoff Gowan Award.