Coaching Association of Canada

Geoff Gowan Award

Recognizing lifetime contribution to coaching development

The Geoff Gowan "Lifetime Achievement" Award recognizes a lifetime commitment to coaching and coaching development and is presented to an individual who has fostered a positive public image of coaching, enhanced the role of the coach within the Canadian public, and who is a role model for future generations of coaches.

The Geoff Gowan Award was created in 1996 to honour former Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) president Geoffrey Gowan, CM, PhD. The Geoff Gowan Award trophy is housed at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary, AB, where the recipient will be featured for the year.

The nomination period is now CLOSED

2019 Award Recipient

Phyllis Sadoway, ChPC, Ringette

2019 Geoff Gowan Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Phyllis Sadoway

For over 35 years, Phyllis has been a trailblazer in the sport as an athlete, coach, evaluator, volunteer, event organizer, committee member, and mentor. Through these roles, she has contributed significantly to the growth of ringette in Canada. Her commitment to developing the sport led to the creation of new NCCP ringette courses and to the Ringette Alberta Cup program for Winter Games participants. An NCCP Ringette Master Coach Developer since 1996, she has delivered more than 150 NCCP courses.

Phyllis served proudly as Ringette Canada’s Competitions Coordinator. She was honoured to be Assistant Coach for Team Alberta at the 1996 World Championships and for Team Canada at the 2002 World Championships. Phyllis was inducted into the Ringette Canada Hall of Fame in 2012 and into the Alberta Sport Hall of Fame in 2014.


  • Winners of the Geoff Gowan Award

    The CAC is pleased to honour these outstanding coaches who have made significant contributions to coaching and coaching development over the years. These coaches are role models for future generations of coaches and the CAC is pleased to recognize them.

    2018 Award Recipient

    Manon Perron

    2017 Award Recipient

    Dany Boulanger

    2016 Award Recipient

    Glenn Hoag

    2015 Award Recipient

    Dr. John Hogg

    2014 Award Recipient

    Robert (Bob) Kierstead

    2013 Award Recipient

    Dennis Marineau
    Hiroshi Nakamura

    2012 Award Recipient


    Victor Zilberman
    David Hart

    Hounorable Mentions

    Manon Perron
    Hiroshi Nakamura
    Dennis Marineau

    2011 Award Recipient

    Allison McNeill
    Eric Broom Ph. D.

    2010 Award Recipient 

    Dr. Dru Marshall: Field hockey
    Lyle Sanderson: Athletics

    2009 Award Recipient 

    Tim Frick: Wheelchair basketball
    Keith Russell: Gymnastics

    2008 Award Recipient 

    Douglas Leigh: Figure skating

    2007 Award Recipient 

    Andy Higgins: Decathlon

    2006 Award Recipient 

    Clare Drake: Hockey

    2005 Award Recipient 

    Charles Cardinal: Volleyball

    2004 Award Recipient 

    Donald Dion: Diving

    2003 Award Recipient 

    Marilyn Savage: Gymnastics

    2002 Award Recipient 

    Al Morrow: Rowing

    2000 Award Recipient 

    Doug Clement: Athletics

    1999 Award Recipient 

    Jack Donohue: Basketball

    1996 Récipiendaire du prix 1996

    Geoff Gowan: Athletics