Jos Nederveen is Hamilton’s Coach of the Year. The longtime Hamilton coach and sports advocate was recognized on September 24th with the Ray Johnson Coach of the Year Award and a Distinguished Volunteer Service Award at the City of Hamilton’s 27th Annual Sport Volunteer Appreciation Banquet.
The awards are the latest in a series of recognitions presented to Nederveen in honour of his decades’ long volunteer service and tremendous positive impact on athletes, coaches and sport. They include the Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence in 2009, the Coaches’ Association of Ontario’s Developmental Coach of the Year; the Syl Apps Special Achievement Award for Volleyball; and the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association’s Peter Beach Award in 2007.
For the past 36 years, Nederveen has coached various sports and teams of both genders in the Hamilton- Wentworth Catholic District School Board and has won 20 city championship volleyball titles. His coaching, however, is not limited to local high school sports; he has simultaneously coached at the community club level for many years, and has spent countless hours after school coaching up to four different practices in one evening to accommodate all his teams.
Many student-athletes from both St. Jean de Brebeuf and St. Mary Catholic Secondary Schools and the Mountain Volleyball Club (MVP) volleyball program that Nederveen founded have graduated to post-secondary institution teams. This includes current and former members of McMaster University men’s and women’s varsity volleyball teams. His coaching and teaching have inspired many of his athletes to pursue professions in exercise science and teaching. His energy level and commitment are truly second to none, and he is committed to the total development of local athletes and coaching programs.