According to TSN on Tuesday, Scott Pfeifer of St. Albert, Alberta has been named the head coach of the Canadian mixed doubles curling program. Pfeifer takes over from Jeff Stoughton of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Stoughton will now focus on his duties as the Canadian national men’s curling team head coach. Stoughton replaced Rick Lang of Thunder Bay, Ontario in 2018. Lang remains a performance consultant, while coaching Krista McCarville’s Northern Ontario women’s curling team and Canadian Olympic gold medalist Brad Jacobs’s men’s curling team. Jacobs won the gold medal for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Meanwhile, Elaine Dagg-Jackson of Vancouver, British Columbia will remain the head coach of the Canadian women’s curling team.
Pfeifer was the second for Randy Ferbey of Edmonton, Alberta, when he won three gold medals in men’s curling at the World Men’s Curling Championship in 2002, 2003, and 2005. All three World Men’s Curling Championships Pfeifer won came in North America as 2002 was in Bismarck, North Dakota, 2003 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and in 2005 in Victoria, British Columbia. Pfeifer also won four Briers with Ferbey (2001 in Ottawa, Ontario, 2002 in Calgary, Alberta, 2003 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and 2005 in Edmonton, Alberta).
Stoughton won three Briers for Manitoba (1996 in Kamloops, British Columbia, 1999 in Edmonton, Alberta, and 2011 in London, Ontario). He also skipped Canada to gold medals at the 1996 World Men’s Curling Championship in Hamilton, Ontario, and the 2011 World Men’s Curling Championship in Regina, Saskatchewan. Stoughton was the head coach for Canada in mixed doubles at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. The Canadian team was represented by John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes of Winnipeg, Manitoba.