Class of 1997: Coach
After winning the junior silver medal at Canadians in 1966, Doug Leigh hung up his skates “momentarily” and then returned to the ice as a coach. Currently Level 4 certified, his coaching success is driven with the motto, “It CAN be done”. His positive outlook, no-nonsense goal setting approach and analytical ability are legendary. A great motivator, Doug demands 100 per cent effort from his skaters every minute on the ice.
For 17 years Doug coached Brian Orser during which time he was Canadian Champion from 1981 – 1988; 1984 and 1988 Olympic silver medalist, and 1987 World Champion. He presently coaches Elvis Stojko, three time Canadian and World Champion and 1994 Olympic silver medalist. Doug has also coached 26 other Canadian Champions, including Jennifer Robinson and 14 International Champions, including Britain’s Steven Cousins.
Founder, owner and head coach of the Mariposa School of Skating, a CFSA designated national training centre which emphasizes a team approach in coaching and a co-op education program, Doug’s legacy includes establishing Barrie as one of the major skating centres in the country and the world. Doug has been a 7 time recipient of the Longines Coaching Award, the Government of Ontario World Achievement Award, the Ontario Coach of the Year and the Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellowship Award.