D’Aloisio, DiBenedetto win Wis­mer

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The sec­ond time’s the charm for the win­ners of this year’s Wis­mer Award for high school coach­ing ex­cel­lence.

Jobina D’Aloisio, who coaches bas­ket­ball, vol­ley­ball, soc­cer and bad­minton at Wa­ter­down Dis­trict; and John DiBenedetto, who coaches cross coun­try and wrestling at Bishop Ryan, are both twotime nom­i­nees and fi­nal­ists.

Their win also marks the sec­ond year in which the award was doled out to two re­cip­i­ents, rather than one, as it was in the past.

Es­tab­lished in mem­ory of long­time coach and ed­u­ca­tor John Wis­mer, the award is now pre­sented an­nu­ally to a pair of 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.

“We’re thrilled to have great peo­ple in our com­mu­nity who are giv­ing their time to help,” Wis­mer’s son Jay Wis­mer said of this year’s re­cip­i­ents. He also called D’Aloisio and DiBenedetto — who have 46 years of coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and four OFSAA team cham­pi­onships between them — “great rep­re­sen­ta­tions of the award.”

The win­ners were an­nounced at the foundation’s golf tour­na­ment and dinner at Carlisle Golf and Coun­try Club Tues­day. D’Aloisio and DiBenedetto edged out four other fi­nal­ists for the awards — Car­di­nal New­man’s Gerry More­tuzzo, Dun­das Val­ley’s Bob Gar­diner, St. Jean de Bre­beuf’s Kevin Karl and West­dale’s An­nette Tono­gai.

Wa­ter­down’s Jobina D’Aloisio

PHO­TOS BY GARY YOKOYAMA, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Bishop Ryan’s John Di Benedetto

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