Jean-François Richard

Jean-François Richard
Louis Melanson Golf Academy, Dieppe, NB
Direct Work Phone: 506 850-5643


Dr. Jean-François Richard is a Class A Teaching Professional with the Louis Melanson Golf Academy in Moncton, N.B. and is the Golf NB Provincial Junior Boys Coach. Jean-François has taught and coached extensively since his entry into the PGA of Canada in 2017 and is also very active as a Learning Facilitator and Coach Evaluator for both the PGA of Canada's Training Academy and the Coaching Association of Canada's NCCP. Jean-François facilitates various courses and workshops (regional and national) not only to PGA of Canada members but also to coaches in various multi-sport settings (Instruction Stream, CNC and CDC coaching streams).

As a late comer to the golf industry, Jean-François has spent the past 25 years in higher education as a professor, researcher and administrator (Dean and AVP Academic) at the Université de Moncton. He has also spent a significant part of his career as coach and coach educator in hockey, athletics.

Jean-François is a graduate of the Université Laval in Quebec City where he received a Ph.D. in Physical Activity Sciences in 1998. As a scholar-practitioner with a particular interest in sport pedagogy and coaching science, Jean-François has published over 50 refereed papers including research articles, one book and four book chapters. In 2007, Jean-François received the Dr. R. Tait Mackenzie Scholar Award for his contributions to teaching and teacher education. This recognition was awarded by the Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD).

Select certifications:
TPI - Level 3 Junior; Level 2 Power, Level 2 Golf
Scott Cowx Certified - Levels 1 and 2
Capto Putting Systems - Levels 1 and 2
Sportsbox AI - level 1

2023 George Knudson Teacher of the Year
PGA of Canada

2023 Teacher of the Year
PGA of Canada -Atlantic

2007 Dr. R. Tait Mckenzie CAHPERD Scholar Award
Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

1998 CAHPERD Young Professional Award
Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

1993 Coach of the Year
Athletics New Brunswick

Select publications:
Richard, J.-F. (2023). Golf coaching wisdom: Practical lessons, insights and stories from the protege of the legendary John Jacobs: A comment. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching.

Griffin, L.L. & Richard, J.-F. (2023). Chapter 8: Games based approach as a constructivist model of games teaching. London, UK: Routledge

Richard, J.-F. & Iancu, H.-D. (2022). Golf Skill Assessment During Early-Stage Junior Development: Practices, Pitfalls and Future Perspectives. International Journal of Golf Science, Volume 10, Issue 1 2022(10 (1)).

Richard, J.-F. (2020). The Importance of Process-Related Assessment of Golf Skills in Early-Stage Junior Development. The Titleist Performance Institute.

Instagram : jfrgolf


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