Coaches play an integral role in the success of our varsity teams. National Coaches Week takes place Sept. 22 to 30 this year and we asked Matt Coulson, coach of the men’s basketball team, about the upcoming season.
- How long have you been coaching at Georgian? This will be my eighth season as head coach at Georgian. I spent four seasons as an assistant coach prior to that.
- Why did you decide to get involved in coaching? I always knew I wanted to be around the game of basketball. As my competitive playing years started nearing the end, coaching seemed the logical next step.
- How early do you start practising with the team? We don’t start practising as a team until after tryouts are finished in September. But we do occasionally work out with the returning athletes who are staying in Barrie for the summer. As well, we stay in touch with the out-of-town guys to see that they’re staying in decent shape for the upcoming season. So, training is a continuous thing year round although we aren’t actually competing from April through August.
- When is the season opener – and who is it against? Our season opener this year will be Friday, Oct. 19 on the road versus the Seneca Sting – the defending Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) and Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) champs. A very tough test to start the year. Tip-off is at 8 p.m.
- Who do you consider your main competition this year? Seneca is obviously going to be very strong again this year, as I expect George Brown, Centennial, Loyalist, all to be very good. There are no easy games in the OCAA anymore. It will be a very competitive year as teams like St. Lawrence and Algonquin are always tough as well.
- What’s the most rewarding part of being a coach? The most rewarding part of coaching? Very tough to say. Watching young men become successful, happy people after they’ve left your program and having been a small part of helping them get there is very rewarding. Watching a group of individuals come together and become a team is also a big part of what motivates us to come back. Then there are day-to-day things. The comradery with the guys. And being someone my players can talk to always has me going home in a good mood.
- What’s one thing you’ve learned from your team or from coaching? The one lesson that coaching – and playing for that matter – has reinforced and is also a lesson that life continues to teach as well, is that you can’t dictate the outcome of an event. The best you can do is prepare as much as possible and then deal with the events as they unfold as best you can.
- Are there any coaching skills that are helpful in everyday life? Being able to deal with the ebbs and flows of a basketball practice, game, season and all it includes is very similar to my role as manager of a small business.
- What techniques do you use to inspire and motivate the team? There are many techniques used depending on what we feel the team needs at that time. Sometimes it’s a pick-me-up pep talk when they’re down on themselves. Sometimes it’s wind sprints because they aren’t bringing energy in practice. It’s amazing how a couple of sprints can bring up the energy in a practice. Some years I will surprise the guys at practice with a game of flag football or dodgeball when they’re expecting a grueling practice, but we know they need a break. We try to vary the ways we use to motivate them.
- What values do you set for yourself as a coach? We set the same values for ourselves as coaches as we set for the players. Be responsible, be respectful, and treat others as you wish to be treated. And from a competition aspect, work to improve every day, and compete to be the best. Compete to be the best player, coach, and team that you can be.
- How do you know as a coach if you’re doing an effective job? You know you’re doing an effective job if your players and team are responding to you and working hard for you. When that isn’t happening, then you know you need to make some changes. You must take your pride out of the situation and evaluate what changes you should make to get them competing and playing together again.
- What do you enjoy most about working as part of a team? The best part of team building is the journey. All the steps it takes to get from day one of selecting the team to the final moments of the last game. The practices, the bus rides and team meals all make being a part of a team enjoyable. Watching seniors help new players learn the system. Watching a shy first-year player become a fourth-year senior who never stops talking on the court. That’s what makes being part of these teams worth the time we invest.
- How important is winning to you? As competitive as I am, and as much as I enjoy winning, I’ve learned to base my standard of success on the quality of teams we build, the quality of people we help mould, and the job we do as a team in getting the best out of ourselves that we can. Although the Georgian Athletic department deserves much of the credit for the measures they’ve implemented, the academic success of our teams has been very good, and we take pride in that. We hold a weekly study session for two hours, so we know they’re getting some extra quiet study time at least once a week. From the beginning of my coaching career, now spanning 17 to 18 years, some of the seasons I enjoyed the most were the over-achieving 12-10 teams than the underachieving 16-5 teams. As much as I want to hang some championship banners in our gym, I will not consider my coaching career a failure if I fall short.
- What’s the most difficult part of being a coach? Without question, time away from my family is the most difficult part of coaching. My wife and I have two boys, a four-year-old and a one-year old. Coaching takes a lot of time and commitment, and it gets harder each year.
- What would you like to achieve by the end of this season? Our goal for this season is to constantly improve, be playing our best basketball of the season in late February, and be as prepared as possible to win some games when we host the OCAA Championship in March.
- Why should people come out and cheer on our Georgian Grizzlies? People will want to come see us play this year because we will play a fast-paced, entertaining basketball game. We like to get up and down the court and we also will play some very gritty defence.
- What are some of your favourite memories coaching at Georgian? Many private ones. Watching individuals play the best game of their lives is always fun. I’ve had the pleasure of watching some very good players play fantastic games – makes my job quite easy on those nights.
- Have you kept in touch with any former athletes? I keep in touch with many of my former players. Five of them were at my wedding this summer and a few have become some of my closest friends, (from my early days as an assistant). It’s great watching the success they’re having. It’s a point of pride for sure.
- What do you like to do outside coaching? Outside coaching and work, I love being with my family. When we find the time, you can find me with them at our family cottage, on vacation or a road trip somewhere.
- Who would be on your fantasy starting lineup? Fantasy starting five: Steph Curry, Kawhi Leonard, Lebron James, Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis.
- Did you participate in sports when you were a student? I participated in every sport I could get my hands on since the age of three: hockey, soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball, football, rugby, track, etc. I played varsity basketball at Lakehead University for three years and one year for Georgian (2003 to 2004). I was an assistant the following year.
- How excited are you that Georgian is hosting the OCAA men’s basketball championships this year? We’re very excited to be hosting the championships. We have a great facility, great fans, a tough basketball squad and we look forward to showing that off.
The 2019 belairdirect OCAA Men’s Basketball Championship will take place from Feb. 28 to Mar. 2, 2019 at the Georgian Athletic Centre in Barrie. Mark your calendars! The top eight Ontario college teams will be there. Georgian will play on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. Read more...
College isn’t all about being in the classroom. Studying at the South Georgian Bay Campus in Collingwood? Looking for something fun to do?
- Head to Sunset Point Park or one of the many parks around South Georgian Bay.
- Grab your hiking shoes, skis, snowshoes or bike and explore over 60 km of Collingwood trails.
- Venture deep within the mountain or experience Ontario’s longest twin zip line with Scenic Caves Adventures.
- Go on a brewery, winery or cider tour – there’s something for all your taste buds.
- Beat the winter blues and hit the hills at Blue Mountain.
- Have you ever gone apple picking? Now’s your chance! The fall is a perfect time to head out to a local orchard and “pick” up some apples.
- Get your inner Indy driver on and ride the go carts at Wasaga 500!
- Enjoy a bit of retail therapy in any of the great shops in Collingwood, Thornbury, Blue Mountain Village, Creemore and more.
- If you’re looking for a quiet activity, do some bird watching at Eco-Park in Stayner.
- Take a selfie at the world’s smallest jail in Creemore! While you’re there, enjoy a cold brew at the Creemore Springs Brewery.
- Wind down after a week of classes and enjoy the relaxing effects of the baths at the Scandinave Spa in Collingwood. Georgian students receive discounts to the spa. Check out the details.
- Everyone loves bowling! Book a few lanes and head over to Georgian Bowl.
- Wasaga Beach is not only the longest freshwater beach in the world with 14 km of sandy shore, but the sunsets there are breathtaking!
- Did you know there’s a South Georgian Bay Film Festival? Check it out!
- There’s no shortage of amazing restaurants in South Georgian Bay for the foodie.
- Enjoy a fun day or take in a workshop at The Paint Bar pottery and glass studio or Crock-A-Doodle in the Blue Mountains.
- Pick up some tasty eats at one of the farmers’ markets like Currie’s Farm Market or the downtown Collingwood Farmers’ Market.
Ask your student advisor, Georgian College Students’ Association rep or drop by the front desk to find out about other activities in the area. We’re happy to help you find your way around the community. You can also check out other neat things to do all year round at South Georgian Bay Tourism. Read more...
Samuel Cooney, recent graduate of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program, is wrapping up a research project at Georgian that’s impacting how a sawmill in cottage country operates.
He began the project as a student through an eight-month co-op with the Centre for Applied Research and Innovation (CARI). Cooney teamed up with faculty lead Dan Brooks and Research Analyst student Alec Dare on an extensive review of Rayonier Advanced Material’s (RYAM) primary band saw operations in Huntsville. Read more...
College isn’t all about being in the classroom. Studying at the Owen Sound Campus? Looking for something fun to do?
- Explore the art of one of Canada’s iconic painters at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery.
- Check out one of the many beautiful waterfalls in the area, like Inglis Falls or Jones Falls.
- Head over to Harrison Park and rent a boat or walk through their bird sanctuary. They even have an open-air rink!
- Take the Chi-Cheemaun ferry from Tobermory to Manitoulin Island.
- Grab your camera and get a birds-eye view of the area from one of many scenic lookouts along the Niagara Escarpment.
- Explore some of the local history by going on a walking tour – there’s even a summer ghost walk.
- Pack a picnic and head down to Kelso Park Beach.
- Hike the Bruce Trail or any of the other great trails in the area.
- If you’re around next summer and love music, check out Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival.
- Watch the fish climb up the Thornbury Fish Ladder.
- Buy some local apples at Grandma Lambes in Owen Sound or head over to the Meadford location for some yummy buttertarts.
- Rent a bike from Ride On Bikes and cycle along the Meaford harbourfront.
- Try your luck in an escape room – we dare you!
- Are you a musician? Then share your talent at one of the open mics in the area like the Heartwood Concert Hall or The Bleeding Carrot.
- Get outside this winter with your snowshoes or cross-country skis and hit the trails at the Sawmill Nordic Centre. Blue Mountain is only a short drive away for any snowboarders or skiers.
- Hit the links at one of the spectacular golf courses in the area.
- Get your motor running and explore Grey Bruce with your motorcycle. The area is perfect for a ride!
- Check out At Last Adventures and book your own climbing, caving, camping or snowshoe adventure.
- Tour the Kilannon Brewing Co. and enjoy a cold, delicious beer.
- Enjoy some healthy juice, a tasty vegetarian or vegan meal at The Bleeding Carrot. Omnivores welcome too.
The Owen Sound Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA) hosts many events throughout the year. You can view upcoming events on their Facebook page, or drop by the GCSA office in room D102. You can also check out other neat things to do all year round at Owen Sound Tourism. Read more...
It’s no easy feat juggling school, work and life. Master time management with these helpful tips from Georgian’s peer tutors:
- Start with a time audit. Look at where you spend your time and why.
- Make a plan. The library has templates for reading, weekly and semester plans. These can help you stay on track.
- Use a planner or download an app to keep organized. Schedule in study time — and breaks.
- Know your deadlines and work toward them. At the beginning of each semester, map out what’s due and when.
- Complete the most important assignments first. Get the big things out of the way so they don’t weigh you down.
- Do one thing at a time. Multitasking makes it hard to focus.
- Find a quiet study space. Whether on campus or at home, have a space dedicated to reading or reviewing material.
- Eliminate distractions. There’s a time to scroll social media and a time to put your phone down and concentrate.
- Break your assignments and projects into small chunks. Chip away at them rather than trying to get them done all at once. You’ll feel less pressure and this will avoid last-minute stress.
- Say goodbye to cramming. Break study sessions into 30 to 45 minute chunks over the span of a week or two instead.
- Learn to say no. Set clear boundaries and be clear on what your priorities are.
- Be strategic. If you have two assignments — one worth five per cent and the other worth 20 per cent — spend your time first on the one worth the most.
- Avoid lineups. You can get a lot done online at Georgian, e.g., get your parking pass, submit your student card photo, pay term fees, get a Registrar’s Office service ticket through the myVisit app.
Lakehead-Georgian currently offers four innovative degree-diploma programs:
- Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) Degree with Electrical Engineering Technology Advanced Diploma: Central Ontario’s only engineering program provides you with a solid foundation across all areas of electrical engineering, preparing you for a wide range of career opportunities.
- Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science – Environmental Sustainability (Specialization in Ecosystem Management) Degree with Environmental Technician Diploma: Learn to understand and monitor complex environmental systems. Graduate with advanced lab and field skills that will allow you to meet and adapt to the growing demands of this sector.
- Honours Bachelor of Science – Applied Life Sciences (Specialization in Biomedical Techniques) Degree with Biotechnology-Health Diploma: Prepare for a career in biotechnology, forensics, diagnostic laboratories, and the health sector. You’ll explore diverse topics in order to develop critical thinking skills with respect to modern life science.
- Honours Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Degree with Computer Programmer Diploma: Think big as you explore the world of computer science while engaging in a focused program stream. Master the technology that is rapidly revolutionizing our world.
All accepted students (regardless of their grades) going into year one of these four-year programs next fall (2019) are eligible to receive an entrance award. Domestic students can receive a $4,000 Lakehead-Georgian Entrance Award, which can be combined with Lakehead’s entrance scholarships (amounts vary based on academic merit) to a maximum of free tuition. International students are also eligible for entrance awards and entrance scholarships. Read more...
College isn’t all about being in the classroom. Studying at the Barrie Campus? Looking for something fun to do?
- Tour a brewery! Check out Flying Monkeys Brewery, Barnstormer Brewing Company or Redline Brewhouse.
- Walk, bike or rollerblade along our beautiful waterfront. You can also go paddleboarding.
- Have a picnic at one of the many beautiful beaches in the area.
- Pick up some healthy, local food at the popular Farmers Market held Saturday mornings at Barrie City Hall.
- There’s always something fun happening downtown Barrie – concerts, festivals and more!
- Beat the winter blues and take your skates for a glide on the trail at the Simcoe County Museum.
- Got an axe to grind? Why not try throwing some around at Bullseye Axe Throwing.
- Practise your flips, grinds, ollies and nollies at the outdoor Queens Park Skatepark.
- Did you know you can try skydiving . . . just minutes away from Barrie? And Georgian students receive a discount. Check out the details.
- Go for a jump on a trampoline and get some exercise at the same time.
- Hop on a Segway and experience the serene beauty of the Hardwood Ski and Bike trails. Georgian students receive discounts on daily trail passes and rentals. Check out the details.
- Who doesn’t love bowling? It’s a fun night out and you can even check out cosmic glow-in-the-dark bowling.
- Take in some culture at one of Barrie’s several theatres. The play’s the thing! Georgian students receive discounts to Talk is Free Theatre. Check out the details.
- Go for a drive and enjoy a panoramic view of fall colours and see why Barrie is the best place to be in the fall.
- Go to the drive-in.
- Barrie has a ton of golf courses and ski hills – so, there’s lots of places to get outside and enjoy yourself.
- Did you know Barrie has its own film festival? They also offer unique programming all year round.
- Snow on the ground? You can always practise putting at one of Barrie’s glow-in-the-dark
- Try your luck in an escape room. We dare you!
- Explore the gallery at the MacLaren Arts Centre.
- Have you ever tried disc golf? This could be the year to learn a new skill – and it’s free.
- If you love classic cars, pop down to the waterfront every Wednesday from May to mid-September.
The Barrie Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA) hosts many events throughout the year. You can view upcoming events on their Facebook page, or drop by the GCSA office in room A162. You can also check out other neat things to do all year round at Tourism Barrie. Read more...
Looking for a quiet nook at the Barrie Campus? There are plenty to choose from! Here are our seven favourite study spaces.
If you have a favourite study space that we missed, let us know on social media! Share the details with the tag #ExperienceGeorgian . Read more...
Before you get started on that paper or project that’s due, here are a few tips from the Writing Centre:
- Be clear on what’s expected. Read or listen to instructions carefully.
- Understand the rubric. Pay attention to what aspects of the assignment are worth what percentage.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Get clarification in class from your prof or pop by during their office hours.
- Reflect on what you’ve learned in class. Make sure you have a good understanding of course material.
- If you can, choose a topic you’re passionate about or interested in. Learning should be fun!
- Get help if you need it. Georgian offers research, math and writing support.
- Block out chunks of time in your calendar to work on the assignment. Don’t try to do it all at once and make sure you complete it a few days before due to allow time for editing.
- Break the assignment into manageable steps. What do you need to do first? Create an assignment task list.
- Remove all distractions. Find a space where you’re comfortable and able to concentrate.
- Cite your sources. Make sure you’re familiar with APA style.
Make the most of your student experience. Your Georgian ONECard provides you access to athletic facilities at the Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses. Here’s a few other ways you can keep active while at the college:
- Enjoy a workout at one of the fitness centres or even up your training by making an appointment with a personal trainer!
- Take a fitness class in Barrie, Orillia or Owen Sound – Zumba, yoga, spin, and more. Class times and offerings vary by campus.
- Enjoy a game of foosball or shuffleboard at the Midland Campus.
- Take advantage of open gym time weekday afternoons if you want to take a break and shoot some hoops, kick a soccer ball or play badminton. Just show up, sign out equipment and play!
- For those looking to play in a campus rec league or tournament, Georgian-Barrie has plenty to offer! Students can join fall leagues in coed volleyball, soccer, 3-pitch softball or flag football. Sign up today – league play starts Sept. 17. Visit the Athletic Centre (J building) to sign up.
- Try out your skills on the new ping pong table at the South Georgian Bay Campus. We hear it’s quite the workout!
- Georgian-Barrie also hosts tournaments in table tennis, indoor cricket, indoor soccer, dodgeball and badminton. Visit the Athletic Centre (J building) to get registration information or follow Athletics on Instagram.
- Get out on the dance floor and bust some moves! Hit your local club or come to a pub night at The Den in Orillia or The Last Class in Barrie or Owen Sound.
- Participate in a number of intramural or extramural activities like hockey, dodgeball and ultimate frisbee at the Barrie, Orillia or Owen Sound
- There’s foosball, ping pong and pool available in the Owen Sound cafeteria so you can play anytime!
- You can challenge your buddy to a game of table tennis in Orillia, just outside The Den. In Barrie, play a little pool in The First Class Café.
- The Orillia Campus has a great line-up of recreational activities – including some in partnership with the City of Orillia. Check out the Fall Campus Recreation Info Guide for more details.
- You can also keep active with one of Georgian’s student clubs. Join the dance club or Georgian’s award-winning Kodiaks bowling team!
- All of Georgian’s campuses are located in an incredible four-season paradise. There’s tons of places to hike, ski, swim, snowboard, kayak and more. Check out some of the great trails in the area.