Long-time coach Andrea McCabe is not only a leader in the sports community, but a champion of students in sports.
On June 22, McCabe, a Vice-Principal at Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School, was presented with the Nan Tulchinsky Athletic Leadership Award at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. The award recognizes her commitment to high school sports and to the “Play Like a Champion Today” (PLACT) educational program.
The award, named after South Bend coach and official Nan Tulchinsky, is given annually to a person or organization that models Tulchinsky’s example of character, passion, integrity, service, leadership and love for all children.
“What an honour to receive an award named after someone who has given her heart and soul to youth in the community,” said McCabe at the awards ceremony. “I am humbled by the recognition.”
For the past four years, McCabe has played an integral role at the PLACT Coaches’ Leadership Conference Retreat, as a workshop leader and member of the planning team.
“Her spirit is contagious,” said PLACT program director, Kristin Sheehan.
McCabe has coached high school sports in the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board for 36 years. A firm believer that sports are an extension of the classroom, McCabe has been a key supporter of PLACT, whose mandate champions character development through sport.
Sheehan, who recently joined McCabe on the court, said, “I saw a leader who lived and embodied Christ in her interactions with her student-athletes, loving them to become their best selves.”
As an administrator, McCabe continues to coach student-athletes with the support of other dedicated staff members.