Curling coach is a nacho-ral

RYAN PYETTE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:36 PM ET

LONDON, Ont. -- The TV cameras caught Manitoba coach Norm Gould scarfing down nachos and cheese during Jeff Stoughton's big game against Ontario's Glenn Howard Tuesday night at the Brier.

"That was a little bit staged," Gould said. "We were hungry and it was either a nine-dollar burger or five-dollar nachos. But you watch -- I'm going with carrots and celery. I'm going green the rest of the way."

It was a hilarious sight, the crowd loved it and it created another question mark for curling newbies: What does a coach do at the Brier?

"We (he and fifth Garth Smith) are in a support role," said Gould, whose younger brother, Steve, is Stoughton's lead.

"We arrange the food. We have to make sure these guys are eating nutritious in between draws. We take care of the tickets for them, make sure the wives and families are set up.

"We take care of the necessities. If their laundry needs to be done during the week, that's us."

Gould curled on a Canadian junior champion team with Stoughton third Jon Mead. They lost the world junior final.

"He was the reason I started curling," brother Steve said. "It's great having him here. It's a lot of fun. Garth (Smith) grew up six houses down from us and Jon was around the corner."

Norm Gould has coached Stoughton to a world title. This is his fourth Brier. He coached Cathy Overton-Clapham to junior glory and has worked plenty of international events for Canada.

He knows curling. Will the veteran Stoughton ever break up his in-game meal and call him out during a timeout?

"He might -- during a tie game," said Norm, a teachers' union executive these days. "Whatever these guys need, we're here for them. We're a team."

So far, an incredibly successful -- and well-fed -- one.


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