Monday, February 19, 2018

Media Release 2004

We’re delighted that all nominees for the Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence are long time contributors to the Hamilton high school coaching world. They are hard working, innovative, and outstanding members of their school boards and their communities. We’re pleased to announce this year's five finalists for the Wismer Award.

Gary Banting- Waterdown District High School - Volleyball

  • began coaching in 1981, coached varsity girls volleyball for fifteen years, and boys hockey
  • has won 6 city championships and 4 OFSAA medals
  • girls volleyball team won bronze at OFSAA in 2001, gold at OFSAA in 2003 and 2004
  • taken teams to Russia, Finland, Cuba and the U.S. to compete outside of local high school league

George Knill- Sir Winston Churchill High School - Senior Football

  • began coaching in 1963, coached waterpolo and football
  • has won one football city championship and two waterpolo championships
  • has also coached football for the Delta Red Raiders, Sir Allan McNab Lions, Glendale Bears, Hamilton Hurricanes, Hamilton Wildcats, Stoney Creek Patriots, McMaster Marauders, Steel City Bowl and the Hamilton Stampeders

Antoinette Krusto - Cardinal Newman Catholic High School – Volleyball

  • began coaching in 1974 at St Joan of Arc School, moved to Cardinal Newman in 1976, has coached field hockey, basketball, swimming, cross country, golf, and volleyball
  • Cardinal Newman senior girls volleyball team has played in league championships 20 of the last 24 years
  • senior teams have won 21 HWCAA, and 4 GHAC titles and have made 4 OFSAA appearances
  • coached Team Hamilton volleyball at Children’s International Games in 2000

Larry Timms- Waterdown District High School - Football

  • began coaching in 1988
  • city champs 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003

Rich Wesolowski – St Mary’s High School, Hamilton – Senior Girls Basketball

  • began coaching in1984 at McMaster, coached senior girls basketball at St.Mary’s for 6 years
  • basketball teams won OFSAA gold in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, OFSAA silver in 2001
  • win loss record at St. Mary’s for girls Basketball 217-17
  • coached Team Cleveland basketball at Children’s International Games in 2004

The Wismer Foundation’s Selection Committee is proud and honoured that in this inaugural year of the Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence such an exceptional group of candidates has been nominated. The most pleasing and impressive credential, common to all five finalists, is their focus on the student athlete. To a person, each nominated coach believes that above all the student athlete matters to them and they care deeply about each one of those players.
The Annual Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence will be presented at the Wismer Foundation Golf Tournament and Award Presentation Dinner on Tuesday, September 14th, 2004 at King's Forest Golf Club.

To obtain tickets for the Award Dinner, to register for the Golf Tournament or to learn more please visit our website at wismerfoundation.org or call Stacy Wismer at 905. 574.3529

Tuesday, August 24th, 2004


 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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