Coaching Association of Canada

Jack Donohue Award

The Jack Donohue “Coach of the Year” Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of a Canadian Coach who exemplifies the great qualities of the legendary Jack Donohue. These qualities include: honesty, integrity, a positive attitude, competitiveness, and a love of sport. Jack taught his athletes to value life, its experiences, and the passion of playing for your country.

As a founder of the Canadian Association of National Coaches, Jack Donohue was dedicated to the profession of coaching and demonstrated care and concern for his colleagues. As the professional coaching department of the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), Coaches of Canada presents the Jack Donohue Award annually at the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala. 

The nomination period is now CLOSED

2018 Award Recipient

Rob Kober, ChPC, Freestyle Skiing

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Men’s Canadian mogul skiing would not be where it is today without Rob’s incredible dedication and passion over the past 25 years. Rob’s coaching leadership helped Mikaël Kingsbury and the men’s moguls team to achieve a gold medal finish at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.

Rob Kober was the Head Coach of Freestyle Canada’s Men's Mogul Team from 2002 to 2018 and during this time Canada has owned the gold medal in the sport for three consecutive Olympic Games.

Rob has been an active NCCP coach for over 25 years. Rob recently began a new role as the Head Coach of the Alberta Mogul team.

Rob also played an important role at the international political level for many years. He was the Coach Representative on the International Federation of Skiing (FIS) technical committee to ensure any rule changes were in the best interest of the athletes and mogul skiing. While this was an important role for Canada, it was key for the sustainability of mogul skiing internationally as well.


  • Winners of the Jack Donohue Award

    2017 Award Recipient

    John Herdman, ChPC

    2016 Award Recipient

    Mark Smith, ChPC

    2015 Award Recipient

    Lisa Thomaidis, ChPC

    2014 Award Recipient

    Gerry Dragomir, ChPC

    2013 Award Recipient

    Joan McDonald, ChPC

    2012 Award Recipient

    David Ross, ChPC

    2011 Award Recipient

    Marcel Lacroix, ChPC

    2010 Award Recipient

    Melody Davidson, ChPC
    2009 Award Recipient

    Steve Bush, ChPC
    2008 Award Recipient  

    Tim Frick, ChPC

    2007 Award Recipient  

    Paul Kristofic, ChPC

    2006 Award Recipient  

    Xiuli Wang, ChPC

    2005 Award Recipient  

    Patrick Oaten, ChPC

    2004 Award Recipient  

    Kelly Manjak, ChPC

    2003 Award Recipient  

    Michel Larouche, ChPC