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 11th Annual Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence are:
Dave Cheeseman- Glendale Secondary School
Peter Luvisa- St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School
I love the smell of fall in the air as we gather to have our first practices, and the sounds of whistles piercing the air, directing players and coaches through their drills. I love the excitement of a new season with the potential for a great victory, and the excitement when a player makes the team or is chosen to be a starter or a captain. I love the nervous anticipation of both coaches and players on the day of our first game and how our team looks when they all wear their game jerseys and pants together for the first time. I love when what we planned and practiced actually does happen…when we win that game that nobody thought we would win…when the bus erupts in chant and laughter and song after a big win. I love the heartfelt and sincere thanks from both players and parents at the end of a season. I love the sadness and sometimes tears players shed at having to give back the equipment when the season is over, not because of any game lost or won, but because of the feeling that something fantastic in their lives is coming to an end, of losing the special bond that they feel with their coaches and their team. I love walking through a shopping mall years later and being stopped by former players who tell me how much they loved playing football and how much of a difference it made in their lives. I love coaching with some of the same players that once were coached by me. I love receiving anonymous letters like the one I received a couple months ago that said, “Thank you Mr. Luvisa for accepting me onto the football team. When I was in grade ten, I was afraid of trying out. I never worked so hard, thank you for teaching me that perfection and precision are important in life.”It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. I say that it is the thousand little things that paint the perfect picture of coaching.
Andrea McCabe- Cathedral Catholic Secondary School
Al Robertson- Ancaster Secondary School
Bob Wynne- Ancaster High School
Other outstanding coaches nominated this year included: Jessica Dymnet- St Thomas More, Mary Ellen Schiestel-St Thomas More, Sandra Holmes- Barton, Andrew Sergi- Cardinal Newman and Dave Walters- Westdale.
The 11th 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, May 27th 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