UVIC’s Doug Tate Awarded Top National Coaching Lifetime Achievement Honour

Major award recognizes Tate’s lifelong contributions to Rugby and commitment to coaching

Congratulations to recently retired UVIC Men’s Rugby Head Coach Doug Tate, the recipient of the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Coaching Association of Canada’s Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala.

The CAC’s Sport Leadership Awards Gala celebrates outstanding achievements in coaching and sport development. The annual gala, held virtually this year, honours coaches who exemplify the values and competencies of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and their positive impact within Canada’s sport system.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a lifelong commitment to coaching and coach development. The award is presented to an outstanding individual who has positively influenced the growth of coaching in Canada, contributed significantly to the sport community, shown dedication to upholding the values of the NCCP, and inspired future generations of coaches.

Doug Tate coaches a UVIC Vikes session

Incredible Influence On The Sport of Rugby

Tate, of Victoria, BC, spent 27 years as Head Coach of the University of Victoria Men’s Rugby program. During his tenure, he won successive Canadian university titles in 1997 and 1998 and led the UVIC Vikes to the BC Rugby Premier Division championship in 2003 and 2010.

He has had an incredible influence on the sport of rugby, both as a coach and as an NCCP Coach Developer. His dedication to fostering positive relationships and maintaining an athlete-centered approach to coaching has cultivated a community of trust.

Tate has been integral to the success of Canada’s rugby teams on the international stage and has inspired numerous athletes to give back to the sport as coaches and leaders. After his recent retirement from 27 years as the Head Coach of the University of Victoria rugby program, Doug leaves a legacy both on and off the field that will continue to enrich the sport.

“We are honoured to celebrate Doug Tate for his outstanding contributions to sport over the past 40 years,” said Paul Carson, Chair of the Board, Coaching Association of Canada. “The CAC presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to an individual who has demonstrated a lifelong dedication to the growth of coaching in Canada, and Doug is truly deserving of this recognition.”

Everyone at BC Rugby would like to congratulate Tate on the award, and wish him the very best in retirement!

For the full press release, please visit here.

Doug Tate coaches a UVIC Vikes session

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