Coaching Association of Canada

Geoff Gowan Award Winner 2015

Dr. John Hogg - Swimming

Dr. Hogg has worked both as a professional coach and as an applied sport psychologist. He coached the Scottish and British National Swim Teams before being recruited to Canada in 1974. In 1976, he was appointed coach to Canada’s Olympic Swim Team and coached several national teams. One year later, he accepted the position of Head Swim Coach at the University of Alberta and was privileged to work with many successful teams from 1975 to 1988. In 1990, John was appointed a full Professor at the University of Alberta, teaching sport psychology and performance enhancement both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

“I am both delighted and honoured to receive the 2015 Geoff Gowan Award. Geoff was instrumental in persuading me as a young national swim coach in Great Britain to come to Canada in 1974 as part of the ’76 Olympic Games preparations. He pointed out the many benefits of making huge leap to new challenges in a new country and made me promise to make a serious contribution to the education of swim coaches, something I tried to do with his continued encouragement and support along the way,” commented Dr. Hogg.

His expertise, particularly in the area of mental preparation and performance psychology, led to many invitations, both as a clinician and as a motivational speaker, all over the world at major conferences, seminars, and congresses. He has also published extensively both in research and popular journals and served as mentor to many young, aspiring coaches.

Since retiring from the University of Alberta in 2003 and relocating to British Columbia, he continues to offer his expertise to performers, individual athletes, teams, coaches, parents, and officials in a variety of sports at the developmental and elite levels throughout the province. He presents regularly at coaches conferences both in Alberta and British Columbia.