Athletics Canada is pleased to announce John Lofranco as the Manager of Coaching Education. John brings a variety of credentials at many levels of coaching and teaching to the role. He is a graduate of the Advanced Coaching Diploma, certified as an IAAF Elite Coach, and has over a decade of university teaching experience.
“I’m excited to accept this role,” said Lofranco. “Over the last few months, I’ve been working with our Coaching Education Task Force to bring stability and clarity to the Athletics Canada coaching education program. That continues to be the main priority to ensure coaches are trained and certified in the most efficient and useful way possible. In addition, we have just completed a series of High Performance coaching clinics at the East Hub, and we hope to continue to offer high quality professional development opportunities for our coaches all across the country.”
“The coaching and officiating portfolio is extremely important, and we know there is still much work to do,” said Mathieu Gentès, Chief Operating Officer. “John has been doing an excellent job on an interim basis, but this was by no means an easy decision, a number of high quality candidates were interviewed. I would like to thank our provincial branch representatives who participated in the hiring process and helping guide our decision. The path from here is very clear, we will continue to work with our stakeholders to raise the level of the program to world-class status.”
John began working at Athletics Canada in 2014 in the role of Road Running Coordinator. In August, 2017, he took over the coaching education portfolio on an interim basis and has also served as team manager and volunteer coach on several national teams, including the 2017 Jeux de La Francophonie, the 2017 and 2018 NACAC/Pan Am Cross Country championships and the 2016 and 2018 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.