A close-up look at the Wildfire head coach

David Duncan is in his 3rd season as the head Coach of the Waterloo Wildfire and has been coaching ringette for 16 years, starting in the Walden Association (just west of Sudbury), when his daughters started playing ringette.

David enjoys coaching in the NRL. “It is very competitive with the best Ringette players in the country playing on 15 teams. As another team’s coach said to me once at Nationals, “every win is tough at the NRL Championships due to the competitiveness of all of the teams.”

Being able to coach all three of his daughters over the years is without question the highlight of his coaching career. David believes he has been fortunate to be a part of multiple Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at Provincials along with coaching Team Ontario at the Open A level and winning an Eastern Canadian Championship.

When David is not coaching ringette, he works at TD Bank in their national real estate group financing residential and commercial real estate projects. He also referees ringette and has attended the last two Provincial A championships as a referee. He still plays hockey 2 to 3 nights a week. Over the years he and his wife, Monique, who have been married for 27 years, have remained very busy supporting their three daughters in their sports: Ringette, Rugby (up to University & College), Soccer, Basketball, etc. Two of his daughters, Danielle (defense) and Tori (forward) are on the Wildfire roster while Jennifer plays Open A.

To prepare for a game David usually finds some quiet time before the game to reflect upon team and opponent strategy including specific areas of focus for the game. Realizing the NRL players are very experienced and capable, my goal is to prepare them for the opponent and reinforce desired behaviour relative to past games played.

David has two inspirational quotes: "The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others." —Don Shula, former Miami Dolphins coach. And: "If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That’s all it takes to get people to win." —Paul "Bear" Bryant, former University of Alabama football coach

David likes many types of music and has enjoyed many concerts over the years. He has taken his father to see the Three Tenors, Stompin’ Tom and George Jones and his mother-in-law to see Johnny Cash. His family enjoys attending concerts with his favourite musician being Keith Urban.

David’s favourite movie is The Sound of Music (believe it or not!). He has watched the movie at least 10 times or more with his mother and still enjoys watching it! His favourite current TV shows are Criminal Minds and Scandal which he watches with his daughters while from older TV it is The Waltons (also watched with his mother).

One other unique detail about David: “I was born in Winnipeg and lived in Thompson, Manitoba until I was six years old. My father was a geologist involved in the original Nickel find which put Thompson on the map in the mid/late 1950’s. Temperatures reached minus 60 degrees and the lakes never warmed up during the summer!”