Burlington Notre Dame’s Chad Wozney is this year’s High School Coach of the Year.
The award is sponsored by T. Litzen Sports Ltd., and McMaster University.
Since entering the teaching profession 11 years ago, Wozney has been involved with high school football and has been a key figure in the Notre Dame Fighting Irish becoming one of the dominant secondary school football programs in Ontario. During his tenure, Wozney has guided the Irish to consecutive Golden Horseshoe Bowl Championships in 2009 and 2010. His Notre Dame team has played in the last six Halton region league finals, winning three championships, and during the last three years, his teams have compiled a record of 35 wins and one loss.
Repeatedly cited by peers and players for outstanding leadership, mentorship, and dedication to his sport, Wozney has seen over 20 graduates go on to play at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport level. Included among those Notre Dame grads that have moved forward are current McMaster Marauders Stephen Dennis and Andrew Surya, while two more Irish players, Max Mezzabotta and Chris Pezzetta, have committed to attend McMaster this September.
The Coach of the Year award will be presented at the McMaster Football Gala Dinner on April 28. The award includes a $1,000 voucher from T.Litzen Sports in Dundas, to be used for the purchase of equipment for the Notre Dame football program.
Coach of the Year candidates are nominated from the regions of Hamilton, Halton, Niagara, and Haldimand, and selection is based on long-term service to high school football, a positive impact made on players, and commitment to excellence on and off the field.
Previous winners are:
2010- Rocky DiPietro, Lakeshore Catholic.
2009- Claudio Silvestri, St. Thomas More.
2008- Steve Alfano, St. Jean de Brebeuf.
2007- Bob Stacey, Nelson.
2006- Dave Walters, Westdale and Rick Oreskovich, St. Paul’s (co-winners).
Information about the McMaster Football Gala Dinner is available from Stuart Smith, 905.525.9140 ext.23566, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org