Some of the most familiar faces in sports coaching throughout history have been either born in Canada or resided and coached Canadian teams. This article will focus on the leading Canadian coaches. They have made their country proud of their coaching contributions which lead to winnings in championships, varsity cups, and even inventions of sport.
These are the top familiar and important Canadian sports coaches throughout history.
James Naismith – Inventor and Coach of Basketball
The inventor of basketball was James Naismith, and he was born in Almonte, Canada, in 1861. James was a Canadian-American physician and coach and is considered to be the primary inventor of Basketball as a sport. He authored the first handbook on basketball and became the coach for the Kansas Jayhawks. His rule book on basketball was first used by the University of Kansas.
Barry Trotz – Ice Hockey Coach
Barry Boltz was born in Winnipeg, Canada and has been a leading coach in ice hockey. He is currently the lead coach for the NHL team New York Islanders and has won a Stanley Cup when he coached the Washington Capitals. He started his career as a defenseman in the NHL until he moved on to become a coach.
Scotty Bowman – Legendary Hockey Coach
Scotty Bowman was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1933 and has become a legend in Canadian sport due to his record wins in the NHL and Staley Cup Championships. He made history when he won 9 Stanley Cups as an NHL head coach and received induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Scotty always leaned more toward a skating career, but a head injury made him choose to coach instead.
Pat Burns – National Hockey League Head Coach
Pat Burns is the former head coach of the NHL, and he was in the position for nearly 14 years. Some of Canada’s most recognizable teams, such as the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens, were coached by Pat.
The coaches on this list are all proudly Canadian and brought their country great winnings within various sports disciplines. With the dedication that these coaches showed their teams, many championships were won in their country’s name.