John Hill: 2014 Triple Crown of Coaching

Measuring coaching success in sports has been a hotly contested topic over the years. There have been many discussions held and many points debated on how to measure coaching success.

Some argue that wins-losses and championships are all that matters, while others will argue that player development, setting and meeting team goals and facing and dealing with and overcoming adversity are what matters most.

This discussion and debate won’t be resolved here and will more than likely be one of the discussions and debates in the world of sports that lasts a life-time.

With all of that said, what is clearly evident is that measuring coaching success can be looked at in a number of ways. It all comes down to different philosophies, both personal and coaching.

There are so many factors that have to be taken into account, both on and off the field, when it comes to performing and winning at a high level.

On any given day the games top teams are capable of beating each other and in a one game showdown anything is possible. As a result, winning a Triple Crown of Championships has to be considered a difficult task at any level, but to accomplish this feat at a high level has to be considered extremely difficult.

John Hill (St. John’s, NL) accomplished this feat in 2014 when he led his 3Cheers Pub Bud Light Senior Men’s Fastpitch team to an 8-1 Record and a three-peat at the Canadian Senior Men’s Fastpitch Championship and guided the Hill United Chiefs to a perfect 4-0 Record at the ASA National Championship and a perfect 6-0 Record at the ISC World Tournament.

Not only did John Hill have success on the field in 2014 with a Triple Crown of Championships, but he also had success off the field. His accomplishments were recognized and his efforts were rewarded as he became the first coach in Softball NL history to capture the Triple Crown of Coaching after being named the 2014 Softball Canada Home Run Sports Coach of the Year, the 2014 Softball NL Coach of the Year and the 2014 SportNL Coach of the Year.

A Triple Crown of Championships and a Triple Crown of Coaching are definitely two ways to measure coaching success!

Softball NL Coaches Who Have Captured Coach of the Year Honours

Softball Canada Coach of the Year
1991 Fred Jackson
2006 Jim Dunphy
2014 John Hill

Softball NL Coach of the Year
1997 Albert Dalton
2011 Jeff Kirk
2012 John Hill & Jeff Kirk
2013 Jeff Kirk
2014 John Hill

SportNL Coach of the Year
1990 Fred Jackson
1992 Albert Dalton
2006 Jim Dunphy
2012 Jeff Kirk
2014 John Hill