Field Hockey Canada > JOB OPPORTUNITY: Women's NextGen Head Coach and Program Director

NextGen Head Coach and Program Director

Location: Toronto, ON or Victoria, BC

Working in collaboration with a variety of partners, Field Hockey Canada is the national sport governing body responsible for the development, growth and promotion of field hockey in Canada. Field Hockey Canada receives financial contributions from the federal government and other agencies, organizations, sponsors and donors, and is accountable for the disbursement and reporting of funds according to the contracted terms and conditions. Programs, activities and services are operated within the limitations established in an annual budget led by the CEO and approved by the Board of Directors.  Field Hockey Canada staff is responsible to manage and administer the finances and provide administrative support for all Field Hockey Canada activity.

Within this scope, this role is responsible for the delivery of the pathway for Woman’s NextGen athletes across Canada. In addition this position will be responsible for the accelerated development and the individual environments of all High Potential athletes.  The position will also serve as the lead within the Regional High-Performance Centre to be established. The position reports to the Head Coach/Director of the Women’s National Program.

ROLE SUMMARY           

Field Hockey Canada is searching for a Women’s NEXTGEN HEAD COACH & PROGRAM DIRECTOR who possesses leadership & management skills, combined with significant experience in coaching and sports administration. The successful candidate will work under the leadership of the Women’s Head Coach and collaborate with the Junior National Age Group Coaches and High- Performance Centre trainers.  Together, this team will implement the technical direction that will result in the building and activation of a world-class NextGen program. Collectively this leadership team will establish & implement strategies to integrate NextGen athletes into the Woman’s National Team, leading to long-term international performance excellence.

With support of the S&C, the Women’s NEXTGEN HEAD COACH & PROGRAM DIRECTOR will establish an optimal training environment in the identified High performance centres.  The role includes the creation and implementation of integrated training programs and training sessions for identified NextGen Development athletes. Strengthening partner relationships and working towards common goals with High Performance leaders, the successful candidate implements the pathway for all NextGen athletes and Trainers in Canada.


  • Deliver and implement the NextGen High Performance Plan;
  • Lead the development and activation of the High Performance Centres;
  • Establish benchmarks and training plans for the delivery of high quality on-field coaching sessions for NextGen athletes;
  • Support provincial age group coaches in their training environments and in their competition preparations;
  • Communicate with and coordinate logistics with all HPC and provincial coaches involved with NextGen athletes;
  • Create a performance environment for NG & High Potential players and instill performance behaviours;
  • Monitor and coordinate NextGen athletes, providing athlete reports as required;
  • Provide technical support during identified training and competition elements;
  • Oversee strategy, development and implementation of the athlete pathway;
  • Scout and identify talent in accordance with the FHC player pathway;
  • Establish and maintain connections with Canadian athletes in the NCAA system, and their coaches to integrate development planning, and;
  • support in the selection of the NextGen squads and teams.


The ideal candidate should have extensive International experience in high performance coaching, and possess strong consultative, facilitation and decision-making skills.  She/he will have demonstrated success as a team leader with excellent management and administrative skills all of which are considered key attributes. The ideal candidate attributes and qualifications include:

  • a minimum of eight (8) years of progressive leadership experience in field hockey
  • experience as head coach or assistant coach at the international level (ie. Junior World Cup), with a junior or senior national team.
  • superior interpersonal and communication skills & personal commitment to the holistic development of people and programs;
  • appropriate coach education and certification, minimum of a FIH Level 4 Academy coaching certificate, NCCP (Competitive Development), or equivalent
  • post-secondary degree related to sport science and / or sport management;
  • knowledge of Long Term Athlete Development and the integration into a high-performance environment;
  • competent working with Word, Excel, Outlook and Windows;
  • competency in working with TPE, Sportscode and Hudl
  • can take initiative, show leadership and work under minimal supervision;
  • demonstrated critical thinking related to program planning and evaluation
  • holds a valid driver’s license
  • ability to travel and to be on the road extended periods of time as required


  • This position is a full-time position with salary and benefits commensurate with experience. (range: $50,000 – $55,000 CAD per annum)
  • Hiring is subject to the individual completing an appropriate criminal record check

TO APPLY – If you believe you possess the appropriate experience and skill set for this important role, please submit your resume to: Giles Bonnet, Head Coach Women’s National Team ( The posting will remain open until the position is filled.

Field Hockey Canada is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.  In addition, Field Hockey Canada is committed to providing accommodation for people with disabilities.  We do appreciate your interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.