Monday, February 19, 2018

Media Release 2010

7th Annual Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence

The Wismer Foundation and the Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence Selection Committee are delighted to announce this year's five finalists for the Award.  All five nominees are teachers and coaches and long time contributors to the Hamilton high school coaching scene.  Each is a dedicated, innovative, and outstanding member of their respective school board and the Hamilton community. This year’s five finalists for the 7th Annual Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence are:

Stefano Giovannangeli- St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School

  • three time nominee and second time finalist
  • thirteen years coaching, coached boys basketball and football
  • seven City basketball championships, two GHAC championships, one OFSSA Silver finalist, three All Ontario championships and three City football championships
  • taken teams to Thunder Bay, Windsor, Ottawa, Kitchener, St Catharines, Toronto, and Erie, PA
  • admires the intensity of Jon Gruden and the “Zen” like approach of Phil Jackson
  • best coaching moment: AAAA OFSAA - ranked #12 playing our first game against the #1 ranked team in the province.  Watching my kids comeback from a 12 point deficit in the last 3 1/2 minutes of the game to hit the winning shot with 4 seconds left.  The reaction of all 15 players at the buzzer was absolutely thrilling, exhilarating and inspiring, and enabled us to become the lowest seed team ever to go on and win a silver medal at AAAA OFSSA.  We also had the distinction of bringing back our school's first ever OFSSA medal in boys basketball in our 37 year history.   

Keith Gould- Highland Secondary School

  • first time nominee and first time finalist
  • twenty five years coaching, coached boys and girls basketball and football
  • taken teams to San Diego, Hawaii, Florida and Syracuse
  • several Zone 1football and basketball championships, one  City basketball finalist, one OFSAA silver finalist, undefeated SOSSA champions,
  • admires coach: Jim Gould – his father
  • best coaching moment; Our Senior girls were playing and Marissa Rocha, a girl that recently moved to Dundas from Mexico, scored a foul shot.  Her grandparents, mother and father and all of her family were there to see the biggest smile after she scored.  Moments like that are what the game is all about.  

Joe Lackovic- Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School

  • first time nominee and first time finalist
  • twelve years coaching, coached girls and boys volleyball and soccer
  • seven City volleyball championships, four GHAC championships,
  • taken teams to Sherbrook, Quebec and all over Ontario
  • admires coach: Jos Nederveen, Joe Lackovic Sr, Joe Cernelic, George Luciani, Paul Krusto, Joe Ditrapani, and Rob Atkinson
  •  best coaching moment; It was my first year taking over the Senior Men's Volleyball Program at Bishop Ryan.  The team would repeat as the Catholic City Champions (first time in Bishop Ryan history), upset the provincially ranked Iroquois Ridge Volleyball team in their gym winning the GHAC Championship (also the first time in B.R.'s history) and making OFSAA (also first time for B.R.) seeded 19th but finishing 11th, the highest jump in seedings from any team in Ontario. 

Harold Nobes- St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School

  • first  time nominee and first time finalist
  • thirty five years coaching, has coached volleyball, and basketball and track and field
  • two City volleyball championships, two City basketball championships, one GHAC volleyball championship and an OFSAA berth
  • taken teams all over Ontario- including North Bay, Ottawa, Windsor, and Missisauga,
  • admires coach: Ted Petter, Ken Leyshon and John Liotta
  • best coaching moment; the Ontario University Athletic Women's Basketball championship-  Playing in that tournament were 8 girls that I had coached in Elementary and High school.  My daughter Angela Nobes and Michelle Vesprini (Western) Rina Wesolowski and Gina Tatti ( Quelph) Tanya Tatti (Laurentian)  Carla Vesprini, Michelle Chabot,and Michelle Mittle (McMaster). The first five girls all began their basketball careers with me in elementary school.  I was their first coach.  To have them all go on to play University ball and have exceptional careers is very memorable to me.

Wilf Reed – Ancaster High School

  • third time nominee and third time finalist
  • thirty  six years coaching and a retired teacher, has coached girls and boys waterpolo, football, hockey, volleyball and curling
  • one City senior football championship, two City junior football championships, five City waterpolo championships
  • admires Coach: Wayne Miller
  • best coaching moment: the look on the kids' faces every time we accomplished the goals we set out, whether it was a team or individual sport. Just being part of the process and watching the joy they showed in their success

Other outstanding coaches nominated this year included:

Paul Guagliano- Westmount; Jim McDonald- Orchard Park; and Rich Wesolowski- St Mary’s.

The 7th Annual Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence will be presented to one of the Final Five nominees at the Wismer Foundation Golf Tournament and Award Presentation Dinner on Tuesday, June 8th at Carlisle Golf and Country Club. To play in the Golf Tournament, to obtain tickets for the Award Dinner, or to learn more please visit the wismerfoundation.org website or call Stacy  Wismer at 905 574-3529

Tuesday, May 18th 2010


 Contributions can be made to the Wismer Foundation through the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board~                  Mailing Address: PO Box 2558, Hamilton, Ont. L8N3L1 Please note on cheque: "John Wismer FUND" or                              make cheque payable to"Jay Wismer in trust for the Wismer Foundation" and mail to: Jay Wismer                                          17 Old Orchard Dr, Stoney  Creek, Ont. L8E 1E9 or contact: Stacy Wismer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Wismer Foundation Golf Tournament


The Wismer Foundation Golf Tournament and Coaching Award Presentation Dinner is the primary FUNDRAISER to support the foundation. This event hosts the presentation of the Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence. The tournament is being held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at Carlisle Golf and Country Club located at 523 Carlisle Road, Carlisle, Ontario.

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Nomination deadline for the 15th Annual Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence is April 24, 2018. Nominations received after April 24th will be considered for the 2018/19 Award on May 28, 2019.


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