Call for National Team Program Coaches

By Monica Peterson August 25, 2016

The Canadian Fencing Federation (CFF) is seeking applications for six (6) National Team Program Coaches, one for each weapon and gender – foil, sabre, and épée.


The National Team Program Coach (NTC) is a recognized leader of a national team program and works under the guidance of the CFF High Performance Committee, and supported by the CFF High Performance Manager. The NTC establishes the annual competition schedule, the training camp schedule, and plans the use of IST at events. The NTC is instrumental in the development of the Team Booklets for cadet, junior, and senior fencers, and assists in the implementation of all national team programs for the quadrennial.


While the NTC may take on the role of the National Team Coach for the Senior Program, the NTC must also be able to bring together coaches through the creation of a “Coaching Team” to work towards the common goal of implementing the weapon’s program and sustaining it from Cadet through to Senior High Performance. All members of this “Coaching Team” must commit to the Coaching Core Values of the CFF and will be held accountable to them.


Each NTC will also be asked to commit to benchmarks for his or her program. These benchmarks must be realistic and achievable. They will be reviewed yearly by the High Performance Committee and consistently failing to achieve benchmarks can lead to dismissal.


The NTC’s will follow the CFF’s LTAD for Train to Compete and Train to Win, and will incorporate this into the training plans for their respective programs.


Applicants must submit the following:


  • Proof of NCCP Level 3 in the program for which the application is being made. Level 4 is preferred.
  • A written explanation of their coaching philosophy and how they will use this to achieve the benchmarks they set for their program.
  • A coaching resumé preferably including testimonials from athletes and the name of one senior coach who has agreed to provide a reference upon request.



Applicants will have proven ability to work cooperatively with coaches and athletes, and will be able to communicate clearly (orally and in writing) in one of Canada’s official languages.


Preference will be given to applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents.


Note: All submitted application materials will be treated as confidential and will not be shared with anyone other than the Hiring Committee without the applicant’s written permission.


Shortlisted applicants for these positions should be prepared for an interview with the selection committee to explain their written submissions.


The term of the agreement shall be from October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2020 with a mid-point assessment completed by September 30, 2018. Each NTC will receive an annual stipend of $10,000 paid in monthly installments.


Please send applications as pdf or similar file types to:, no later than September 9, 2016