A familiar face in the Three Oaks Senior High School (TOSH) gymnasium was presented with a prestigious award recently
Parent and coach Dale MacDougall received the 2018-19 recipient of the TOSH Alumni Association Award.
“It’s very rewarding and I didn’t anticipate this whatsoever,” said MacDougall, a 1989 graduate of Three Oaks who has a long history of coaching volleyball, basketball, badminton and baseball in the Summerside area. “I love giving back to the kids and I’ve been given a lot through the years from great coaches.
“Hopefully, the kids can learn a little bit from it and at the end of the day they can improve a little bit.”
The award honours individuals who have made significant contributions to TOSH athletics.
“His coaching tenure during the past school year spanned from September to May with no breaks,” said TOSH athletic director Joel Arsenault in introducing MacDougall. “When he wasn’t on the bench in a coaching role, he was in the stands as a fan watching his own son (Ben) and daughter (Ashley) compete and handing out noisemakers.”
MacDougall began a 17-year stint coaching at Miscouche Consolidated School in 1991, which included four provincial volleyball championships. He then coached at Summerside Intermediate School for “five or six years” before leading TOSH teams.
“This individual has high expectations of the athletes he coaches,” said Arsenault. “His no-nonsense approach earns him respect in the process.
“I had this gentleman as a volleyball coach 25 years ago, so that respect and appreciation has been ongoing for some time.”
Emily McKenna, who competed in senior AAA soccer, basketball and senior A rugby, was introduced as the Grade 10 student-athlete of the year.
“It was pretty exciting and I was surprised,” reacted McKenna. “It gets me really excited for next year.”
Ashley Praught of the TOSH athletic department introduced the 16-year-old daughter of Nancy and Jason McKenna of Summerside.
“Her coaches describe her as extremely hard working, coachable and she has exceptional defensive skills,” said Praught. “All her coaches also had a lot to say about her work ethic, coachability and positive attitude.”