John ”Archie” MacGlashen

  • Type: Builder
  • Sport(s): Padding & Canoe
  • Year: 2018

John ‘Archie’ MacGlashen – Coach/Builder – Canoe: 1966-2000;

& Broom Ball Coach: 1974 -1985 and beyond …

An avid canoeist, “Archie” contributed significantly to the building of water sports on the Dartmouth Lakes as a competitor, inspirational coach and mentor, whose career and life were tragically shortened in 2000 after two bouts with cancer.

From 1965-67 Archie was the first coach at the Senobe Aquatic Club, and from 1868 to 1973 he was the first ‘paid coach’ (in 1971) within the Atlantic division at the MicMac Amateur Aquatic Club. There he coached young athletes at the Canada Summer Games and that same year was intimately involved with the Senior Ladies Burgee. He avidly encouraged the participation of women and girls of all ages in sport, especially non-traditional sports for females. In his lifetime he coached thousands of youth and adults at MicMac, which won over 200 medals for the club at the national level. He also coached Alvin Birch at the Banook club, who qualified for the Olympics.

In 1976, he became the Maskwa Canoe Club’s first coach, but returned to MicMac a year later to become head coach for the Junior Ladies and Men’s Burgee Championships in 1979 and 1980. At the Micmac Club his charges again won over 50 more national medals in competition.

From 1981-1987 he moved to the SACK-A -WA Canoe Club and in 1984 became the first full-time paid coach there, where he coached athletes in the Canada Summer Games and developed two young canoeists for the Olympic games. By now the list of medals won under his tutelage reached a spectacular and impactful total since he began coaching. In 1988 he transferred to the Abenaki Club where he developed Kiddee Canoe for even younger children as the club’s first full time Head Coach, and in 1991 returned to MicMac as head coach, adding to the impressive number of medals won by his charges to beyond 400.

In 1994 he returned to the Banook Club as a Master’s Coach, winning the 1999 Russ Dunn Award as an outstanding coach within Canada. In 1996 and 1999 his “students” won the overall master’s burgee at the national championships. By the time of his death, the number of medals won under his tutelage had exceeded 600.

When the water was frozen over, Archie turned to Broomball, a game he introduced to Nova Scotia and much like Paddling and Canoe, he became an excellent Coach … organizing, innovating and coaching was ‘in his blood’. As coach of the LaBelle Bandits, this team won three Provincial and Maritime titles from 1974 – 77, and in three trips to the nationals between 1978-83 the team won gold (as 1978-79 Champions), one silver and a bronze. In 1976 Archie wrote a book, entitled Broomball Coaching Manual, subsequently adopted by the Canadian Armed Forces as their Broomball handbook.