High school bench bosses up for Wis­mer Award

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The Hamilton Spectator - - FRONT PAGE - TERI PECOSKIE

Win­ning coach an­nounced May 30

What do the fi­nal­ists for the Wis­mer Award for High School Coach­ing Ex­cel­lence have in spades? Ex­pe­ri­ence. To­gether, the six coaches in the run­ning boast a col­lec­tive 158 years be­hind the bench, which makes sec­ond time fi­nal­ist Jobina D’Aloisio a rel­a­tive new­comer. She’s only been at it for 16. “It’s nice to have some­one nom­i­nate you,” said D’Aloisio, a phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher at Wa­ter­down. “To have some­one or a group of peo­ple rec­og­nize what you’re do­ing and think you’d be wor­thy of an award like this is pretty spe­cial.”

Es­tab­lished in mem­ory of long­time coach and ed­u­ca­tor John Wis­mer, the hon­our is pre­sented an­nu­ally to two tal­ented, in­spir­ing and ded­i­cated high school coaches — one each from Hamilton’s Catholic and public school boards.

In ad­di­tion to a small mone­tary prize, the win­ners re­ceive $1,600 for their team or school, which, in the past, has been used to help pay for ev­ery­thing from foot­ball hel­mets to ar­ti­fi­cial turf.

Stacy Wis­mer said this year’s fi­nal­ists share a com­mit­ment to kids and a ded­i­ca­tion to the fu­ture. And they all ex­hibit in­tegrity — just like her dad, John.

The top six, who were an­nounced at Tim Hor­ton’s Field Tues­day, have given up thou­sands of hours of their own time and af­fected the lives of thou­sands of stu­dents over the course of their ca­reers.

D’Aloisio said they do it sim­ply to give back.

“If you talk to any of us, we all played sports and we had re­ally pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ences through our coaches and ath­letes and team­mates and things, so prob­a­bly for a lot of us it is just about try­ing to share that with other peo­ple,” she added.

Who­ever wins this year will be in good com­pany. Some of the past re­cip­i­ents in­clude Dave Wal­ters, An­thony Ma­caluso, Wilf Reed, Brenda Nel­son, Clau­dio Sil­vestri, Tish Jef­frey, Ge­orge Knill, Bob Wynne and Peter Lu­viso.

This year’s win­ners will be an­nounced at the foun­da­tion’s golf tour­na­ment and din­ner at Carlisle Golf and Coun­try Club on May 30. For tick­ets, visit wis­mer­foun­da­tion.org.

GARY YOKOYAMA, THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR

Nom­i­nees for the Wis­mer Award for High School Coach­ing Ex­cel­lence are, from left: John Di Benedetto,Bishop Ryan; Robert Gar­diner, Dun­das Val­ley; An­nette Tono­gai, West­dale; Jobina D’Aloisio,Wa­ter­down; Kevin Karl, St. Jean de Bre­beuf. Ab­sent from photo: Gerry More­tuzzo,Car­di­nal New­man.

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