Coaching Association of Canada

In response to the University of Toronto 2013 Gender Equity Report, the Coaching Association of Canada’s Women in Coaching program has targeted the development of female coaches in University sport. Currently, only 17% of head coaches and 24% of assistant coaches are female in University varsity sport.

In 2015, the CAC piloted a University Female Coach Mentorship Program with three Canadian Interuniversity Sport Universities (USport) aimed at increasing the pool of female coaches in the Canadian University system. As a result of the program, within one year, the number of female assistant coaches in the program increased from three to 13. The program has expanded to include additional universities across Canada. The Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching published an issue describing this mentorship program.

The CAC continues to support the increased recruitment and retention of female coaches through financial and human resource support, and building strategic partnerships with Universities with similar objectives. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to USport Universities that provide a matching grant to support the coach from April 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020.

Please contact Isabelle Cayer for more information.


  • Morgan McHaffie, Queen's University, Women's Hockey (2015-16, 2016-17)
  • Kaleyn Mostert, University of Ottawa, Women's Volleyball (2015-16)
  • Margaret Jennings, Ryerson University, Women's Hockey (2015-16)
  • Lauren McEwan, Queen's University, Rugby (2016-17)
  • Julie-anne Staehli, Ryerson University, Athletics (2016-17)
  • Christie Risley, University of Toronto, Women's Hockey (2016-17)
  • Hilary Stellingwerff, University of Victoria, Athletics (2016-17)
  • Jalynn Skier, Acadia University, Women's Basketball (2016-17)
  • Leah Martin, Dalhousie University, Women's Basketball (2016-17)
  • Samantha Heron, University of Victoria, Rowing (2017-18)
  • Jennifer Boyd,m University of Ottawa, Women's Rugby (2017-18)
  • Nicole Ban, MacEwan University, Sitting Volleyball (2017-18)
  • Christine Smyth, University of Alberta, Sitting Volleyball (2017-18)

Target Audience

  • Retiring athletes transitioning to assistant, apprentice, or mentee coach positions
  • Current female assistant coaches
  • Head Coach / Mentor Coach


  1. Advance women in coaching and through athlete to coach transition and retention
  2. Increase the number of females coaching in university sport
  3. Increase the number of female role models/leaders
  4. Provide support to the mentor coach through training
  5. Possibility of participating in the CAC - OTP – Coach Enhancement Program
  6. Other as identified by the University


  1. Develop an MOU
  2. Mentor coach and apprentice coach to develop a PD plan
  3. Access to NCCP Mentorship Module
  4. Promotion of the program through the university’s communication channels
  5. Submission of a report to CAC