The “C” IN BPEC
The Bachelor of Physical Education & Coaching (BPEC) believes in the development and education of coaches. In addition to the overall courses and curriculum offered in our Department, we provide the following opportunities for those students interested in a future full of coaching!
PART 1: MEET YOUR BPEC STUDENT COACHING AMBASSADOR
Your 2019-2020 Student Coaching Ambassador is Jonathan He!
Welcome to my bio, hope you’ll stay for a bit. The name is Jonathan He: 4th year BPEC student and Student Coaching Ambassador for Douglas College. Coaching is the biggest passion in my life, right between my family and eating tasty food. Excluding all the years I was telling my teammates what to do, I’ve been formally coaching since I graduated from secondary school in 2013. While I sometimes pretend that I coach my friends when we play football or tennis, the sport I love coaching the most is Ultimate Frisbee. I’ve been a part of the Ultimate Frisbee Club at New Westminster Secondary School since grade 9 and kept up my involvement post graduation, taking over as head coach in 2015. At the same time, I was a player/coach with the SFU Ultimate Club team starting in my sophomore year. In the summer, I am part of the Vortex Ultimate Program which is one of the largest junior ultimate programs on this side of Canada. With them, I am a coach for one of their national teams and also act as a Program Coordinator. With the Vortex program I've been to the Canadian Ultimate Championships (Canadian Nationals) 5 times, 3 times as a player and 4 times as a coach. One thing I can say for sure: I’ve reached a higher level of patience after having spent an obscene number of hours teaching children how to throw a piece of circular plastic in a straight line.
I think why I like coaching ultimate more than anything else is because it is uniquely challenging compared to more traditional sports. Like in all sports, the coaches manage the team’s age, athleticism, skillfulness, strategies, group dynamics, etc. With ultimate, especially at the secondary school level, coaches also need to manage mixed gender competition and players that have never played a sport in their life. However, what these unique challenges provide me with that few other sports settings do not, is an opportunity to work with a wider variety of students. This translates into a more inclusive environment. I get to work with the 15 year old girl that is taller than some of the boys on the team; I get to work with the kid that has never owned a pair of cleats; I get to work with the international student that got cut from the basketball team because he would only be here for half of the season. Every year that I’ve coached ultimate, I’ve always finished the season thinking “because I coached him/her, I learned that I could have done ‘this’ better.” That thought not only excites me, it fulfills me.
Ultimate is a relatively young and developing sport and the ulti-community is something that is close to my being. However, to be completely honest, it’s not really the ultimate that draws me towards coaching. If things had played out differently, I could easily see myself coaching a different sport, or tutoring, or even counselling. In actuality, if I was unable to be involved in ultimate for whatever reason, I’d still find myself in front of someone, working with them to reach their goals. Being a coach is a platform for me to engage with others, see their side of the story and potentially make a meaningful impact on their future. That’s the kind of mentality I wish to bring to the student coaching ambassador position. I want to help, not always about sports, but rather using sports as a jumping off point.
Please feel free to contact me here. I’ll do my best to answer any questions, coaching related or otherwise. If there is anything I can’t help you with, I will be happy to point you in the right direction. Thanks for reading!
PART 2: BPEC COACHING & FIELDWORK
All BPEC students must complete a minimum of four fieldwork placements. Those students who are interested in a coaching-focused career path may complete up to three (69 hours) placements in a coaching setting. Coaching-specific sites will offer supervised on-the-job coach training in all areas of athlete development: physical, mental, tactical and technical sport-specific training. In addition, the networking opportunities with coaches, teachers and athletes is a planned benefit of Fieldwork in that student-coaches are exposed to current innovative coaching methods and meet people who can help students navigate their career paths.
PART 3: NATIONAL COACHING CERTIFICATION PROGRAM (NCCP) & BPEC
The Douglas College Sport Science (SPSC) Department, the Coaches Association of Canada (CAC), and ViaSport have teamed up to integrate the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) multi-sport modules into BPEC courses. The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) was created in Canada to unify national/provincial/territorial sport organizations across the country.