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Monday, February 19, 2018

Media Release 2011

8th 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 8th Annual Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence are:

Stefano Giovannangeli - St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School

  • four time nominee and third time finalist
  • fourteen 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
  • 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.  

Patricia Jeffery - Glendale Secondary School

  • first time nominee and first time finalist
  • fourteen years coaching, coached boys and girls basketball, soccer, badminton and flag football
  • one basketball championships, two City basketball finalists
  • admires coach: John Wooden and Pat Summitt
  • best coaching moment: Last year's Championship game with Jr. Boys basketball team - we were the underdogs by a long shot, but my team played and left everything on the court and although we didn't win the war, I'd say we won the battle and the respect of many who thought Glendale would be easily defeated. The energy in the gym was electric - our fans support (both staff and students) made that night even more memorable! They celebrated as if we had won. We lost by 14 points but it had to be the closest game MacNab had ever had with any team in our board.  

Harold Nobes - St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School

  • second time nominee and second time finalist
  • thirty six years coaching, has coached volleyball, and basketball and track and field
  • three City volleyball championships, two City basketball championships, one GHAC volleyball championship, two OFSAA berths
  • admires coach: Ted Petter, Ken Leyshon and John Liotta
  • best coaching moment: winning GHAC in 2009 as I never thought I would coach at OFSAA and seeing the joy on the girls faces was very moving for me. 

Ron Teufel - Sherwood Secondary School

  • first time nominee and first time finalist
  • fifteen years coaching, coached girls and boys volleyball, hockey and badminton
  • two City hockey championships, two SOSSA finalists
  • admires coach: Roger Neilson
  • best coaching moment: In 2008-2009 the boys ice hockey was a talented team. This does not mean you will achieve anything unless the players can come together and develop team chemistry. They came together nicely and had a great run at OFSAA in North Bay going in ranked 5th. Sherwood was undefeated in the round robin and ended up playing St. Marcellinus High School. We outshot them 55-13 but ended up losing 2-1 due to some outstanding goaltending. As disappointing as this was, it was an amazing experience for all. Many of the players became life long friends and learned how to rise to the challenge and accept defeat in a gracious manner. At the year-end athletic banquet that year, my speech had to do with a story about a child who was about to commit suicide but stopped when he realized that people care and can make a difference. The athletes were given ribbons to give to someone who made a difference in their lives. Many of my players gave me their ribbons and thanked me for making a difference in their lives.

Rich Wesolowski - St Mary’s Catholic Secondary School

  • fourth time nominee and third time finalist
  • thirteen years coaching , has coached girls basketball
  • ten City championships, eight GHAC Championships and OFSAA Gold medals, two OFSAA Silver and two OFSAA Bronze
  • admires Coach: Joe Raso & Pat Papalia - for giving me a great foundation for coaching and life. Chris Oliver & Steph Barrie - for inspiring me to become a better coach
  • best coaching moment: 2006 OFSAA gold medal game. We were down 15 points in the 2nd half and battled back to win. Those kids definitely revealed their character in the face of adversity that game. Always fight - Never give up.

Other outstanding coaches nominated this year included:

Chris Thomaidis - Sherwood
Paul Guagliano - Westmount
Ralph Farkas - Cardinal Newman
Marc Gaulin - George P Vanier
Joe Lackovic - Bishop Ryan

The 8th 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 Thursday, June 9th 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 17th 2011

 Contributions

 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

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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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