Hamber coach wins provincial Coach of the Year Award

Athletics, Schools & Students

Longtime basketball, soccer and field hockey coach Jill Polukoshko from Eric Hamber Secondary has been honoured by the BC School Sports association with the provincial Coach of the Year Award.

“Jill is one of the best teachers, mentors and coaches I have ever worked with,” says Indy Sehmbi, Eric Hamber athletic director. “She has the ability to empower and inspire her students. She is a very deserving recipient of this award.”

The Coach of the Year award is given annually to honour a coach who has made an outstanding contribution over an extended period of time to coaching athletic programs in the secondary schools of British Columbia. Winners are honoured for consistently promoting the philosophy of fair play and sportsmanship.

Polukoshko has been coaching and teaching English in the Vancouver School District for 17 years. She coaches teams, nearly all Senior Girls, year round. In the fall she coaches field hockey, in the winter she coached basketball and in the spring she coaches soccer. 

“I feel very lucky to be a coach in Vancouver and to work with my supportive colleagues, amazing student athletes and wonderful coaches throughout the school year,” says Polukoshko “I'm very proud of the alumni who come back to support our programs, connect with our athletes, and help coach. I want to give students at our school as many opportunities to get involved in athletics as possible to connect with the fantastic community we have here at Eric Hamber.”

Her students and players have high praise for her.

“No two teams are the same, and she coaches each team according to their goals, strengths and needs,” says former player and now assistant coach Gabriela Leong. “Ms. P can engage the team's competitive side and motivate athletes to accomplish personal goals as well as team goals. Not only does she care about us as athletes, she cares about us as people. I aspire to be the same strong female role model for the athletes that I interact with as Ms. P was the strong female role model for me.”

 “In such a critical time of our lives, Ms.P embodied everything we needed her to be,” says former player and now assistant coach Isaac Qi. “When we needed to learn, she was our coach. When we needed her to care, she was our counselor. When we needed her support, she was our biggest cheerleader. Ms.P won the award because of the countless lives she changed, and for the countless lives she will continue to change in the future.” 

Congratulations to Jill Polukoshko for a well-deserved recognition.