Robert Wayne Middaugh (born September 20, 1967) is a Canadian curler. Born in Brampton, Ontario, Middaugh resides in Victoria Harbour, Ontario. He is the only player to have won the Canadian Men's Curling Championship (known as the Brier) at three different positions: skip (1998), third (2012), and second (1993). He was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 2020. He currently coaches the Anna Hasselborg rink from Sweden.
|Born||September 20, 1967|
|Brier appearances||10 (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2012, 2013, 2021)|
|Top CTRS ranking||2nd (2003–04)|
|Grand Slam victories||11: Masters/World Cup (Dec 2003, 2011, 2013); |
Canadian Open (2001, 2012);
The National (2005, 2008, 2012, 2014);
Players (2002, 2013)
Middaugh is a three-time world champion, once as second for Russ Howard in 1993, as a skip in 1998, and as third for Glenn Howard in 2012. He has competed in ten Briers — in 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994 as Russ Howard's second, in 1998, 2001, 2005 and 2021 as a skip, and in 2012 and 2013 as third on the Glenn Howard rink — winning the title in 1993, 1998 and 2012. On top of this, Middaugh has won seven TSN Skins Games, was the World Curling Tour Money leader for three seasons and has won four World Curling Tour Players Championships. In March 2007, Jon Mead was announced as the Middaugh team's replacement for Wayne's cousin Peter Corner at the third position. He left the team in April 2010 to rejoin with his former skip Jeff Stoughton.
Following the retirement of Richard Hart from the Glenn Howard rink, Howard announced that Middaugh would replace Hart as his third. Middaugh would have immediate success with his new team, qualifying for the 2012 Tim Hortons Brier where the rink lost only one game during the event, and defeated Alberta's Kevin Koe in the final. Middaugh became the first curler to win the Brier at three different positions. In addition to the 2012 title, Middaugh was the winner of the annual Ford Hot Shots skills and shot-making competition that precedes the start of round-robin play. The team represented Ontario again at the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier, where they won a bronze medal.
Middaugh left the Howard rink in 2014, and announced his retirement from competitive curling. However he returned in time to play in the Challenge Round to qualify for the 2015 Ontario Tankard, being added as skip to Peter Corner's rink. He returned to the Howard rink for the 2015–16 curling season before breaking his leg in a skiing accident partway though the season. The team qualified for the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier, but due to the injury Middaugh was relegated to coaching the team.
Middaugh's accident resulted in his leg being broken in 11 places, two years of recovery, and multiple surgeries. It also resulted in him getting a "titanium leg". This forced him to cut his curling career short, and he moved to the world of coaching, joining the 2018 Olympic gold medallist Anna Hasselborg rink as their coach. During the 2020–21 curling season, Middaugh's former skip Glenn Howard got into an accident of his own, while snowmobiling. Due to the accident, Middaugh joined the team to play in the 2021 Tim Hortons Brier, replacing Howard as skip. Despite his prior injury and time away from the game, Middaugh led the team to an 8–4 record, finishing in 5th place overall. After the event, Middaugh called it a "one off", stating that he could not "play a long event again".
Middaugh works as the general manager at the Port Carling Golf & Country Club and is also the PGA of Canada golf pro. He is married to former Ontario women's champion Sherry Middaugh, and has two children.
Grand Slam recordEdit
|F||Lost in Final|
|SF||Lost in Semifinal|
|QF||Lost in Quarterfinals|
|R16||Lost in the round of 16|
|Q||Did not advance to playoffs|
|T2||Played in Tier 2 event|
|DNP||Did not participate in event|
|N/A||Not a Grand Slam event that season|
|Masters / World Cup||SF||SF||C||DNP||QF||QF||SF||Q||DNP||Q||C||Q||C||DNP||Q|
|1986–87||Wayne Middaugh||Peter Corner||Dave Hannon||Todd Macklin|
|1989–90||Russ Howard||Glenn Howard||Wayne Middaugh||Peter Corner|
|1990–91||Russ Howard||Glenn Howard||Wayne Middaugh||Peter Corner|
|1991–92||Russ Howard||Glenn Howard||Wayne Middaugh||Peter Corner|
|1992–93||Russ Howard||Glenn Howard||Wayne Middaugh||Peter Corner|
|1993–94||Russ Howard||Glenn Howard||Wayne Middaugh||Peter Corner|
|1994–95||Wayne Middaugh||Graeme McCarrel||Ian Tetley||Scott Bailey|
|1995–96||Wayne Middaugh||Graeme McCarrel||Ian Tetley||Scott Bailey|
|1996–97||Wayne Middaugh||Graeme McCarrel||Ian Tetley||Scott Bailey|
|1997–98||Wayne Middaugh||Graeme McCarrel||Ian Tetley||Scott Bailey|
|1998–99||Wayne Middaugh||Graeme McCarrel||Ian Tetley||Scott Bailey|
|1999–00||Wayne Middaugh||Graeme McCarrel||Ian Tetley||Scott Bailey|
|2000–01||Wayne Middaugh||Graeme McCarrel||Ian Tetley||Scott Bailey|
|2001–02||Wayne Middaugh||Graeme McCarrel||Ian Tetley||Scott Bailey|
|2002–03||Wayne Middaugh||Graeme McCarrel||Ian Tetley||Scott Bailey|
|2003–04||Wayne Middaugh||Graeme McCarrel||Joe Frans||Scott Bailey|
|2004–05||Wayne Middaugh||Graeme McCarrel||Joe Frans||Scott Bailey|
|2005–06||Wayne Middaugh||Peter Corner||Phil Loevenmark||Scott Bailey|
|2006–07||Wayne Middaugh||Peter Corner||Ian Tetley||Scott Bailey|
|2007–08||Wayne Middaugh||Jon Mead||John Epping||Scott Bailey|
|2008–09||Wayne Middaugh||Jon Mead||John Epping||Scott Bailey|
|2009–10||Wayne Middaugh||Jon Mead||John Epping||Scott Bailey|
|2010–11||Wayne Middaugh||Joe Frans||Scott Howard||Scott Foster|
|2011–12||Glenn Howard||Wayne Middaugh||Brent Laing||Craig Savill|
|2012–13||Glenn Howard||Wayne Middaugh||Brent Laing||Craig Savill|
|2013–14||Glenn Howard||Wayne Middaugh||Brent Laing||Craig Savill|
|2014-15||Glenn Howard||Wayne Middaugh||Jon Mead||Craig Savill|
|2015–16||Glenn Howard||Wayne Middaugh||Richard Hart||Scott Howard|
|2021||Wayne Middaugh||Scott Howard||David Mathers||Tim March|
- Middaugh spared in the playoffs for the Brendan Bottcher rink, as Bottcher had to take an exam.
- "Thankful Middaugh heads into Hall of Fame". TSN. March 6, 2020. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
- Gregory Strong (April 6, 2012). "Middaugh on a mission: Former skip excelling as a third with Canada skip Howard". Brandon Sun.
- "Middaugh steps away from competitive curling". Grand Slam of Curling. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
- "Injured Wayne Middaugh assumes coaching role for Ontario's Brier team". Ottawa Citizen. 5 March 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2021.
- "New Hall of Famer Middaugh still heavily involved in curling despite devastating career-ending injury". Winnipeg Sun. 6 March 2020. Retrieved 1 May 2021.
- "Curling Hall of Famer Middaugh makes triumphant return to Brier after devastating leg injury derailed career". Toronto Sun. 7 March 2021. Retrieved 1 May 2021.
- "The challenge of being off the ice: Wayne Middaugh's transition into coaching". World Curling Federation. 29 April 2021. Retrieved 1 May 2021.
- "2021 Tim Hortons Brier Media Guide" (PDF). Curling Canada. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
- "2020 World Women's Curling Championship Media Guide" (PDF). Curling Canada. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
- Windsor Star, February 7, 1990, pg D3, Werenich overcomes bad omens"