Baseball Canada honoured by Coaching Association of Canada

 Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA - Baseball Canada is thrilled to be the recipient of the Coaching Association of Canada’s (CAC) Sheila Robertson Award for 2017 honouring a National Sport Organization or Multi-Sport Service Organization that demonstrates a consistent approach in valuing and recognizing the role of the coach within the organization, the media, and the public.

The award will be formally presented to Baseball Canada’s André Lachance this evening in Calgary at the 2017 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala.

"Receiving the Sheila Robertson Award means so much to Baseball Canada as we work hard to serve the needs of our coaches at the various stages of development," said Lachance. "We are fortunate that we can count on our provincial members and also on our cross-country team of coach developers to activate our innovations, while also recognizing how other sports organizations have made us better through knowledge-sharing collaboration."

Developed in 2005, Baseball Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) online system has over 40,000 baseball coaches enrolled from coast-to-coast with hundreds of new coaches joining each year. The system has acted as a model that is used in a similar capacity for many other sports organizations.

“We take great pride in our online system and ensuring that it is an important resource in a coach’s toolkit,” continued Lachance. “Of course we are thankful to many across the country to have helped develop, grow and promote our system and coaching programs to coaches across Canada.”

Baseball Canada would like to congratulate all of the 2017 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Award winners.

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Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.