Deadline for Wismer high school coaching honour approaching

Calling all coaches. Or more correctly, calling all nominations for coaches.

The June 1 deadline is nine days away for candidates for this year’s Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence. Nominees must coach for the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board or the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board.

The annual award recognizes not only a coach’s contributions in an athletic setting but also his or her “winning” efforts away from the various sporting venues. It is presented in the memory of long-time Barton high school teacher and coach John Wismer.

Wismer was a dedicated teacher for the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board for more than three decades. His career began in 1956 at Central High School and in 1961 he moved to Barton, becoming the phys-ed department head. He retired from Barton in 1989.

Wismer spent many years coaching athletics, including basketball and football for 22 years. His football teams won six city championships and many players went on to success in the Canadian Football League. More importantly, he furthered the development of countless outstanding individuals who contributed to their communities as athletes, coaches, teachers, and professionals. His dream was to teach the game of life, build character, and to instill values that would sustain his students through life’s journey.

Those are the traits candidates should possess for the annual award. Individuals submitting a nomination must include the name and contact information of the nominator and coach, as well as a testimonial of 350 words or less. Testimonials must not exceed the word limit. A nominator may be anyone familiar with the coach and is not limited to school staff.

Last year’s winner – and third recipient of the award – was Waterdown District High School volleyball coach Gary Banting.

The award is presented at the annual Wismer Foundation’s annual golf tournament, this year set for Sept. 11 at the Carlisle Golf and Country Club.

In addition to the coaching honour, The Wismer Foundation presents the Wismer Award for Academic and Athletic Excellence annually to an exemplary student athlete graduating from Barton. The student must be continuing his or her education at either the university or community college level. The recipient must have excelled both academically and athletically while maintaining a 75% or better average yearly. The graduate will also have demonstrated the values of teamwork, fair play, mutual respect for others and a dedication to hard work and commitment.

The deadline for early registration for the golf tourney is also June 1. Information about the coaching award and the Wismer Foundation can be found at or by calling, 905-574-3529.