Job description Coach near Vancouver (BC)

Find out what work is like for a coach in Canada. This work description is applicable to all Coaches (NOC 5252).



Coaches prepare and train individual athletes or teams for competitive events. They are employed by national and provincial sports organizations, professional and amateur sports teams, sports clubs and universities or they may be self-employed. This unit group also includes sports scouts who identify and recruit athletes for professional sports teams. They are employed by professional sports organizations.

Job duties

  • This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Coaches
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of athletes or teams
  • Plan, develop and implement training and practice sessions
  • Nurture and develop athletes' potential skills and abilities
  • Develop, plan and co-ordinate competitive schedules and programs
  • Motivate and prepare athletes or teams for competitive events or games
  • Formulate competitive strategies, develop game plans and direct athletes and players during games or athletic events
  • Analyse and evaluate athletes' or teams' performances and modify training programs.
  • Sports scouts
  • Identify and recruit developing athletes for professional sports teams
  • Observe and evaluate prospective athletes' skills and performance, and review their past records
  • File reports on scouting assessments and recommendations with professional team employers.

Job titles

  • figure skating coach
  • coach
  • national team coach
  • gymnastics coach
  • hockey coach
  • swimming coach
  • volleyball coach
  • head coach
  • soccer coach
  • sports scout
  • football scout
  • hockey scout

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