Ashleigh Milani, with Coach NB, shares office space with Andrew. She is the manager of coaching education with Coach NB, a non-profit organization that aims to educate coaches and help them through their coaching pathways. This includes certifications and continuing education. She completed a Kinesiology degree from University of Manitoba and has a history of coaching in rowing and strength training.
Coach NB advocates for coaches, promotes education and development opportunities and ensures coaches in NB get top quality experiences in continuing education.
Why should coaches get certified?
Every athlete deserves a knowledgeable, competent coach. The national certification program that Coach NB runs is one of the top quality development courses internationally. These certifications are a way for new coaches to start the pathway to becoming great coaches, and for old coaches to continue lifelong learning.
Clubs want what’s best for their athletes, and strong leadership builds strong teams.
Coach NB runs lots of different kinds of workshops and certification programs, as well as professional development programs that may or may not be directly sport related. They partner with CAAWS (Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport) and run workshops such as Leading with Confidence and Communicating Effectively. They also partner with the Aboriginal Sport and Rec of New Brunswick on the Aboriginal Coaching Modules for coaches who want to work in a First Nations community. They offer courses for mentorship and empowerment to help coaches find their voice, as well as some courses online regarding concussions that are available for everyone, as well as course on coaching an athlete with a disability for coaches working in a Para environment.
Coach NB also runs an annual conference, this year in Fredericton, and this year’s focus is for coaches to support themselves as well as their team.
National Coaches week is the last week of September where they give recognition to coaches who contribute to their communities as a thank you.
There are resources/modules for coaches to help manage conflict resolution, such as Respect in Sport, run through the Respect group, which is training for parents and coaches to show how to be have respectfully in a sporting environment. There is also a program through Coach NB on making ethical decisions.
Responsible Coaching Movement has been rolling out over the past couple of years through the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, which is a call to action that’s coming across Canada to help make sport a safe place for kids and other vulnerable sectors. It includes 3 parts: 1: The Rule of 2, which is that a coach should never be left alone out of sight with a child/athlete. 2: More comprehensive background screening, including policies around job postings, the interview process, reference checks, criminal record checks.3: Making ethical decisions via taking training modules around ethics and respect in sport.
Ashleigh’s top 3:
Favorite place in New Brunswick: The Saint John River. Ashleigh is a rowing coach and will be spending a lot of time on that river this summer.
Favorite food: Breakfast food/Oatcakes, specifically apple cinnamon one from Read’s.
Favorite Activity: Anything on or in the water, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, etc.
Coach NB: http://coachnb.ca/ , Ashleigh’s email: Ashleigh@coachnb.ca
CAAWS (Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport): http://www.caaws.ca/
Aboriginal Sport and Recreation New Brunswick: http://asrnb.ca/
Coaching Association of Canada: http://coach.ca/
The Respect group: http://respectgroupinc.com/
The Responsible Coaching Movement: https://www.coach.ca/responsible-coaching-movement-s17179
Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport: https://cces.ca/