Coaching information


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!


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.



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.

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Your 2020-2021 Student Coaching Ambassador is Shelby Gingrich.

Hey there! My name is Shelby Gingrich and am in my 2nd year of the BPEC program.

I have been working with kids and coaching for about 10 years. I grew up playing all sports offered in school from volleyball to track & field, but spent most of my time playing Rep softball with the Richmond Islanders and Ladner Lightning. I have experience coaching kids in volleyball, basketball, soccer, and tennis. I have many amazing coaching memories. Kids are funny in the way that they have no filter and will say what is on their minds. One of the most rewarding moments I have had while coaching was when a parent of one of my youth sports classes came to me to thank me for my time coaching. She explained that her child did not play many sports growing up, but she fell in love with the sport and it was mainly because I was the coach. Seemingly small accolades from parents and athletes have always meant the world to me and make the many hours of creating lesson plans and early mornings so worth it.

I wholeheartedly believe that coaching goes far beyond a few 2 hour practices or games a week. Coaches can be a huge part of an individual’s life and can help shape their development if the proper time and effort is put in. I myself have had some amazing coaches growing up who have helped shape me into who I am and changed my life for the better. These coaches modeled the kind of person I wanted to be on and off the field/court.

Coaching has been a huge part of my life in a variety of ways and I can’t wait to shed light on the importance of student coaches.

Fun Fact: When I am not at school, work, or church, you will likely find me playing volleyball with friends or doing a puzzle.

2020/2021 Coaching Initiatives

One initiative I am excited to introduce is a monthly online ‘Coaches Corner’ where a different sport will be highlighted each month.  You can expect to find coaching resources, lesson plans, current news on the specific sport, and more!

If you have questions about coaching, my role, event ideas, or anything coaching related feel free to email me at