Coaching Association of Canada

Wall of Fame

The profession of coaching in Canada would not be where it is today if not for the vision and dedication shown by the founders of the CAC’s Professional Coaching Program, formerly Coaches of Canada. These committed individuals, along with lifetime Chartered Professional Coaches, continue to drive the advancement of the profession of coaching. We celebrate their legacy through the WALL OF FAME located in the Coaching Association of Canada’s national office in Ottawa, ON.

Chartered Professional Coaches elected to the WALL OF FAME also receive a Lifetime Chartered Professional Coach license. This is a meaningful recognition bestowed sparingly and only to those individuals who are deemed to have made an extraordinary contribution to the profession of coaching in Canada. Lifetime ChPCs are elected upon recommendation of the Board of Directors.


Bob Bearpark, ChPC (founder)

Founding Member – Bob played youth soccer in the United Kingdom and earned his badge as an English Football Association staff coach. He came to Canada in 1975 and completed his Masters in Physical Education at the University of Western Ontario. After serving three years as Technical Director for the Ontario Soccer Association he joined the Canadian Soccer Association, where he coached the national team to a fourth place finish at the 1994 Great Wall of China Tournament, and lead the team in qualifying for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. In 189, Bob moved to B.C., where he served six years as Provincial Director of Sports Services for the B.C. government.


Jack Donohue, ChPC (founder)

Founding Member – Jack made the decision early; by age 20 he knew he wanted to be a coach for life. Jack started coaching high school basketball and at one point lead his team to 71 consecutive wins. The success earned Donohue an opportunity to coach a Division One school within the NCAA and he was twice named NCAA Division One Coach of the Year. In 1972, Basketball Canada was searching for a coach who could elevate the country’s basketball program to a world-class level. Jack became the coach of choice and over the next 17 years his record with the national team was outstanding. Under Jack’s leadership the Canadian team finished 4th at both the 1976 and 1984 Olympic Games.


Marty Hall, ChPC (founder)

In 1981, Hall became Canada’s Head Cross Country Coach and stayed in this position until 1989 when he became Program Director. Under Hall, the Canadian program moved from a 14th place world ranking to 7th place and Pierre Harvey won three World Cup races. Marty went back to consulting in 1992 before moving on to designing trails in 2000. The last several years he has been the Cross Country Coach for Bowdoin College.


Pat Healy, ChPC (founder)

Founding Member – Pat Healy served as head dinghy team coach at the Naval Academy from 1976 until 1981 and again from 1998 until 2002. In between he was the Canadian National Sailing Coach leading the Canadians to win five Olympic medals in the ’84, ’88 and ’92 Olympics, and 22 Pan American medals in ’81, ’83 and ’87. After leaving Canada, Pat ran the Louis Vuitton Cup for the 1995 America’s Cup. He has been the marketing director for the Commanders’ Weather Corporation, a private weather forecasting company supporting racing and cruising boats worldwide. Pat graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelors Degree in Meteorology.


Andy Higgins, ChPC (founder)

Founding Member – Andy Higgins is a life time educator whose medium has been Physical Education, Counseling and Sport. He was brought up in the bush of Northwestern Ontario and came to Toronto to attend university. He is grateful for the benefits of both worlds. Educated in Canada, Andy has coached here for over 40 years. After 10 years of successful teaching, counseling, and coaching at the secondary school level, 24 years at the University of Toronto, and four years coaching performance in the corporate world, Andy accepted the position of Director and the challenge of developing a National Coaching Institute in Toronto in 1999. In 2010, Andy retired from the NCI to return to his true passion – coaching.


Danièle Sauvageau, ChPC

Danièle led the Canadian women’s hockey team to its first Olympic gold medal. She was the first female commentator on the traditional Hockey Night in Canada. For 24 years, she has worked in the Montreal Police Department and the RCMP. Danièle Sauvageau draws on her expertise, her studies in social work and management, and her extensive experience to advise high-performance coaches and senior executives.


Bill Thomson, ChPC

From 1967-74, Bill was the head of Physical Education department at Upper Canada College. He then took the role as a Technical Director for the Canadian Soccer Association where he was recognized with an award for his 11 years of service. His next stop was with the Coaching Association of Canada as a consultant where he was also awarded for his five years of service with the organization. Finally, he finished off his career at the National Coaching Institute in B.C. He spent 18 years as a director before retiring in 2008.


Donald Dion, ChPC

In 1984, with the Olympic Games looming, Donald agreed to concentrate on three-metre diver Sylvie Bernier, then ranked seventh in the world and determined to go higher in Los Angeles. Watching Dion coach had convinced her that only he, with his immense technical knowledge, attention to detail, meticulous research, ability to dissect a dive, and excellent teaching methods could help her to reach the top of the Olympic podium. She was right, and when she clinched that precious gold medal, Dion,free from the tension of a very tight competition, cried as she hugged him.

In 1988, fatigued by the demands of club coaching, Donald retired from the pool deck to become high performance director of the Canadian Amateur Diving Association. Two years later, he settled into his current job, a new position with the City of Montreal as an elite sport planning and evaluation advisor for the city’s training centres and high performance clubs.

In 1995, Donald was named Senior Coach of the Year by Diving Canada Plongeon and won a Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award in 1996. In 2000, he was the inaugural inductee in the coach category into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.


Dave Johnson, ChPC

Dave Johnson, ChPC, is a former president of Coaches of Canada and an Olympic swimming coach. He was also the Chair of the Canadian Professional Coaches Association (CPCA), when it was part of the CAC, and was instrumental in creating the former Coaches of Canada and its vision for the profession of coaching in Canada. Dave had the insight and vision to understand the need to create the value and respect for coaching, without which the profession would not have progressed at the rate it did within the Canadian sport system.