Monday, February 19, 2018

Past Recipients

Recipients 2017

14th Annual Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence

Jobina D'Aloisio- HWDSB Waterdown District High School

John DiBenedetto-HWCDSB Bishop Ryan

Recipients 2016

13th Annual Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence

Anthony Macaluso-Cardinal Newman & Dave Walters-Westdale


Anthony Macaluso-HWCDSB-Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School  

Anthony has coached for twelve years, he has coached hockey, soccer, football and track.

Under his coaching guidance the Cardinal Newman football team has  been Ontario Football Conference champions twice, GHAC Football champions once and finalists once. His teams have been OFSAA football finalists twice, football champs five times and finalists twice… HWCAA Touch Football champs once and finalists once, OFSAA Football finalists twice,  HWCAA boys hockey champs four times, finalists twice, HWCAA Soccer champs eight times and finalists six times, OFSAA Soccer medalists three times, received 13 gold medals in Track & Field, and had several undefeated seasons and been undefeated repeat champions…

Anthony is the Assistant head coach/special teams co-ordinator and Quarterback Coach for the Under 19 Hamilton Varsity Tiger Cats and an OFC Assistant. Ken Peters said of Coach Macaluso, “He would probably coach the school Yahtzee squad to a championship if they had one” (The Hamilton Spectator, May 8, 2013)

Coach Mac is a Vice Principal at Cardinal Newman and shares his spare time with his wife Carla and two sons.

 Dave Walters-HWDSB- Westdale Secondary School

Dave has coached for twenty years, he has coached football, waterpolo and power lifting.

Dave has earned thirteen football championships, seven city waterpolo championships and seven provincial power lifting championships. The Westdale Warriors won the OFSAA Northern Bowl Championship-the first Hamilton Public school to win this honour.

Coach Walters leads by example having been a Provincial and National Power lifting master five times.

Dave develops his athletes’ skills and abilities in citizenship, sportsmanship, nutrition, weight training, fitness, film study, and group dynamics-introducing a “pyramid of excellence” and a myriad of skills that will serve them throughout their lives.

Dave and his wife Anne have three sons.

Recipient 2015

12th Annual Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence 

Peter Luvisa- St Thomas More









 Peter has coached junior football and track & field for twenty six years and has won seven City football championships,  had eleven football championship appearances, and multiple undefeated seasons. Peter fundraises to get the equipment he needs…he is the face of STM football. He is inspired and motivated to coach by all coaches who prepare their teams and players well. 

Peter says "My greatest moments in coaching happened because of the relationships that were built through coaching more than through wins or losses. Coaching gave me the opportunity to have a positive effect on many kid's lives that often continued well past their time on the field. I might forget the good plays and the bad plays, the wins and the losses, but not the people who made them happen. Sometimes a boy needs football more than football needs the boy."

Married, with three children, Peter is passionate about his student athletes and well respected by them.

Recipient 2014

11th Annual Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence

Bob Wynne-Ancaster High 


Bob has coached Senior Boys Basketball at Ancaster High for the past fourty years. He and his teams have won five SOSSA, nine City Championships, four HWIAC Championships and two OFSAA bronze medals. 

While busy coaching, Bob has also managed to practice law! Bob is the proud father of four boys.

Recipient 2013

10th Annual Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence
Blaize DiSabatino- St Thomas More


Blaize grew up on the basketball court, initially keeping stats and learning the game from her father, Coach Tom Spironello. It was a natural progression for her to continue her interest in basketball, as a player and then a coach. She teaches at St Charles Adult Education by day, and has spent thirteen years coaching the Senior Girls Basketball team at STM by (k)night and weekends! Blaize and her girls have won five City basketball championships, four GHAC championships, six OFSSA medals, were the Florida Keswick champions twice, and the Disney champions once.

Blaize has also coached club basketball for Vytis and Blessed Sacrament at all levels from atom to juvenile, winning 2 OBA silver and 3 OBA gold medals as well as organizing numerous OFSAA & Blessed Sacrament tournaments. She also initiated the More Hoops Program and has coached at the Vytis and More Hoops summer basketball camps. Blaize coached CANUSA basketball for 6 years, was an assistant coach for the Hamilton mountain MDP team, and has been a member of seven OFSAA organizing committees.

This dedicated Mom coaches year round without interruption...while on maternity leave and mothering her newborn babies! They're a package deal- often in tow on the court and she quickly credits her athletes, their parents and her family with enabling her to follow her coaching passion. Blaize embraces the team as part of her extended family and has made significant contributions to young women and student athletes alike.

Recipient 2012

9th Annual Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence 
Tish Jeffrey- Glendale

 paintings 086Tish has coached 54 teams in the last 14 years. She has coached girls soccer, girls volleyball, co-ed volleyball, girls slo pitch, girls touch football, girls midget junior and senior basketball and boys midget, junior and senior basketball, winning five championships as a coach. The most recent was this year winning Glendale’s Division 2 girls basketball championship- a highlight in her career. Her athletes have become European pro players and on Team Canada U16/17.

Tish is passionate about coaching. Not only did the Mac Lady Marauder grad coach the Glendale senior girls basketball team (a.m.and lunchtime practices) but she also served as an assistant coach for the University of Brock Badgers. Five years, five days a week- she drove to St Catharines to assist former national team player Chris Critelli, coach her Lady Badgers.Somehow this remarkable educator also found time to teach young offenders at the Hamilton Wentworth Detention Centre.

Tish, like many of her teacher/coach contemporaries throughout the HWDSB and HWCDSB organizes fundraisers to take her Glendale Bears on trips. One year the Sir John A McDonald alumist ran a golf tournament to raise monies to take her senior boys basketball team to Hawaii. Hosting middle school basketball and soccer tournaments to provide opportunities and experiences for young athletes, she has also coached the Transway major atom girls basketball team.

 As an administrator, department head, teacher and coach, Tish is a spirited and innovative master educator- and master humanitarian, too. She was the chief organizer for the Glendale 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2010 and her most recent project has been to initiate a Hall of Fame, honouring past athletes, coahes and builders at the Glendale Hall of Fame Induction.

hall of fame 2012 024cropNo one is more passionate about Glendale than Tish. She can often be found late at night dressing the hallways and gym to enhance the spirit of the athletes through quietly decorating the athletic spaces around the building.  Clearly Tish is a principled, passionate educator, receiving the Walter Clarke Award in 2011 exemplifying teaching excellence. The quote on her T-shirt “I bleed orange” says it all…and she does!

A most deserving candidate of the Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence.



Recipient 2011

8th Annual Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence
Rich Wesolowski- St Mary's

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Rich has been a respected girls senior basketball coach and dedicated teacher at St Mary's for 14 years. Raising the skill level of every player he coaches- he states "We make sure we plan and run practices that not only build team chemistry, but cater to individual development as well." He has an amazing knowledge of the sport, having played and excelled at basketball himself, while at St Mary's, University of Guelph, and McMaster University.

Rich can be found coaching and mentoring in the early morning, late evening, before and during basketball season and in the summer-scaffolding skills for instruction in the development of his athletes. Along with a colleague, he began a summer basketball camp for elementary students.

He is a leader in Girls Senior Basketball at St. Mary's, in the City of Hamilton, in the Golden Horseshoe (GHAC) and in the province of Ontario (OFSAA) winning 10 City Championships, 8 GHAC, 8 OFSAA gold, 2 OFSAA silver and 2 OFSAA bronze finishes. His Humility and skills for the sport he so passionately coaches are evident in all that he does. He is a deserving winner of the 2011 Wismer Award.


Recipient 2010

7th Annual Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence
Wilf Reed- Ancaster High

2010golf tourney scott 107Wilf began his coaching career thirty five years ago when he began his teaching career. Although he retired in 2005, he continues to coach. During his time at Ancaster High, Wilf has coached both girls and boys waterpolo, football, volleyball, curling, swimming, and hockey. Wilf has a charisma which has gained him the respect and admiration of his players, fellow coaches and colleagues. According to his colleagues- he is inspiring to watch coach. He challenges, motivates and encourages his athletes to be the best they can be, regardless of the level of play. Wilf stresses the importance of keeping sports healthy, fair, inclusive and fun. He has taught his athlete the importance of handling victory and defeat with the grace of a champion. He is patient. kind hearted and a positive influence in the school community.

Recipient 2009

6th Annual Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence
Joslyn Nederveen- St Mary's

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Jos Nederveen of St Mary's Catholic High School, Hamilton, Ontario is the 2009 recipient of the Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence.

Jos Nederveen began his coaching career at Brebeuf High School in 1974 when he was a University student.

Actively involved in the high school volleyball community, he is heavily involved in the provincial community as well. He has coached track and field, squash and volleyball, winning nineteen City volleyball championships, six GHAC gold medals, two OFSAA silver medals and two bronze medals.

Jos was named the Developmental Coach of the Year by the Coaches Association of Ontario for his work in developing athletes and coaches through high school and club programs. He was awarded the Syl Apps Special Achievement Award for volleyball from the provincial government and the Peter Beach Award from the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association. Jos was the assistant coach of the Ontario Women's Provincial silver medallist team at the Canada Games in 1987 and since then has coached various club teams of both genders to Eastern Canadian championship medals.

One of the highlights of Jos's career was having the opportunity to coach his son Josh and daughters Meagan and Mikaila. Volleyball is a big topic of conversation in the Nederveen household! "I would never give up coaching high school. It's too much fun. I feel I owe it to the kids so they can be part of the high school experience" said Jos. It's simple to comprehend~ Jos is passionate about coaching volleyball!

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Recipient 2008

5th Annual Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence
Brenda Nelson- Parkside

2008clip image008Brenda Nelson has coached for thirty-one years including girl's basketball, boys volleyball, badminton, softball, tennis, alpine skiing, golf, touch football and track and field. Brenda's main focus and passion is basketball. During her coaching career she has won eleven City basketball championships, most recently City midget girls basketball champions in 2007,

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Recipient 2007

4th Annual Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence                                                                                                    Claudio Silvestri- St Thomas More

Born and raised in Hamilton, Claudio graduated from McMaster University with a degree in Political Science.

Claudio has fifteen years experience as a high school football coach. He has spent the last ten years teaching religion, physical education and political science at St Thomas More. The Head Coach of the Knights for the last nine years, his teams have won two senior football championships. In 2006 they were the provincial and regional senior football champions. Claudio conducts a winter workout program for his players in the off season.

Passionate about football, Claudio has coached at the steel city senior bowl high school football all star classic for five years and spent a year as a coaching assistant with the McMaster Marauders. His football teams have regularly competed against top caliber us high school teams in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Claudio is married to Donna and has three sons.


Recipient 2006

2006gary3rd Annual Wismer Awrd for High School Coaching Excellence                       Gary Banting- Waterdown District High School

Gary has taught at Waterdown District High School for twenty five years, and has been a coach at Waterdown the entire time. Gary coached boys hockey for five years, and for the past sixteen years, he has coached the Senior Girls Volleyball team. His teams have won seven City Championships and five OFSAA medals- bronze in 2001, gold in 2003 and 2004, and silver in 2005 and 2006. Gary has also coached baseball, field hockey and floor hockey.

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Recipient 2005

2005Antoinette2nd Annual Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence                 Antoinette Krusto- Cardinal Newman 

Antoinette began her coaching/teaching career at St. Joan of Arc elementary school in 1974 and moved to Cardinal Newman in 1976.

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Recipient 2004

2004George Knill1st Annual Wismer Award fior High School Coaching Excellence                            George Knill- Sir Winston Churchill  

The inaugural recipient of the Wismer Award ffor High School Coaching Excellence, George began his teaching career in1962 at Delta High School . He coached the Red Raiders water polo team from 1963 to 1965 and was immediately successful. Most people would be surprised to learn that his water polo teams at Delta won more city championships (3) than his football teams did during his entire high school football coaching career (Delta – 1965). At Delta he coached football with Hugh Gordon where their team competed against John Wismer's Barton Barons.

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