Coaching Association of Canada

Coach Spotlight: Amy Wilson-Hands


We asked one of the 2017 Aboriginal Apprentice Coaches some questions about coaching, and how it’s important in her life. Read on to see why we are saying #ThanksCoach to Amy Wilson-Hands!

1. How has being a coach affected your life?

Coaching has affected my life in many different ways. It has made me a better human being. It has taught me what an impact coaches have on someone’s life whether it be on the court, field, rink or in the pool. We cannot underestimate the power of impact that we, as coaches, have on the young athletes. Sometimes they might need our program and us coaches, more than the program needs them. Be sincere. Be compassionate. Be honest. Be respectful. Be their stability.

2. How has your community been impacted by you or other coaches?

My community has been greatly impacted by coaches. Coaches are endlessly volunteering their time in order to make sure that young people have access to programs that many communities do not. There is a big world out there and my small community is showing that with positive coaching, athletes can make their next level teams, reach for a provincial title and know there is more for them to work towards. Thank a Coach!

3. Who do you want to say #ThanksCoach to this National Coaches Week?

Thank you to my mentor, Richard Eddy as well the other positive coaching role models in my life: Gabriel DeGroot, Larissa Byckalo, and Tine Lee. You all have forever changed my life #thankscoach

Amy Wilson-Hands is a volleyball coach from Fort-Frances Ontario. She was one of ten coaches who took part in the 2017 Canada Games Aboriginal Apprentice Coach Program. She was the coach for the North American Indigenous Games – Aboriginal Team Ontario 16U Female Volleyball team, and continues to coach women’s volleyball. Thanks Amy for all that you do for your athletes and your community!