Glenn Paulley is the Junior Program Director at the Elmira and District Curling Club. He is a member of the Zone 12 clinic team of instructors for the Ontario Curling Association and a certified Level 3 coach. Born in Regina and raised in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, he has been curling since 1979, beginning at the Valour Road Curling Club in Winnipeg, and has been coaching since 2003. He is also a coach at Wilfrid Laurier University (Varsity Men) and is a coach at the Golden Hawks Curling High Performance Centre.
My coaching philosophy is centered on the holistic development of athletes as people.
No other sport relies on teamwork in the way that curling does; it is the successful interdependence of each player on their teammates that defines championship rinks. Moreover, few other sports have the tradition of sportsmanship that is so exemplified by the game of curling, even at the highest levels.
Like other late specialization sports such as golf, success at curling requires significant mastery of a range of athletic skills. However, the teamwork that is unique to curling also requires the development of social, physical and psychological skills within each player, so that as a team the athletes can play – and succeed – together. I am committed to the development of all of these skills, in a holistic way, with each and every athlete.
One must never forget that curling is, above all, a game, and it is fun to play. Teamwork, sportsmanship, and respect for both one’s teammates, and one’s opponents, are guiding principles in the program’s development of each individual athlete. As a coach, I try to instill these values with the athletes through both instruction and by example when playing the game alongside them.
I am personally thrilled when an athlete masters a technical skill, executes a great shot, advises a teammate, or involves the entire rink to strategize shot selection in a difficult end. Demonstrating these abilities gives a reason to celebrate the athletes’ teamwork, self-confidence, responsibility, and dedication, lessons which we can all hope will enrich their lives in future years.
Marc Bernard (CCA Competition Coach – certified (Level 2)) has been coaching in the junior program at the Elmira and District Curling Club since 2007, and is a staff member at the Golden Hawks Curling High Performance Centre.
Marc has been curling since 1995, and counts an appearance at the 2005 Ontario Curling Association’s Challenge Provincial Championship as a curling highlight. Marc coached a team of Elmira curlers at the 2012 Timbits Elementary School Provincial Championship.
Marc lives in Elmira, and is a Software Developer at AGFA Healthcare in Waterloo. You can reach Marc via email (email@example.com) or by telephone at 519-669-2700.
Dirk Molenaar (CCA Club Coach: Youth), has been curling for 7 years and 2011-2012 is Dirk’s third year coaching Little Rocks. Dirk has lived in the Elmira area for 17 years, and works at Norwell Dairy Systems in the sales department.
Dirk can be reached at 519-669-1117, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reg (CCA Competition Introduction) started curling in 1992 over concerns of losing his Canadian citizenship since he didn’t play any sports that involved ice. He has coached kids of varying age in soccer, basketball, and has helped to coach Little Rock curlers for two seasons. Reg is a computer programmer at SAP, where he has worked since 1997. Reg can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 519-886-8996.
Melody is a competitive player on the Shawn Hamelin rink out of Elmira, and also plays on a competitive women’s team skipped by Elmira’s Colleen Coghlin. Melody sits on the Elmira board as the Special Events director and we are thrilled to have her assist with the Little Rockers on the ice.