Do you know a Hamilton area football coach – male or female – in either the public, Catholic, or private school systems who goes above and beyond mentoring on the playing field?
If so, the Wismer Foundation would like to hear from you. The foundation is accepting nominations for the Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence. Nomination deadline for the 11th annual presentation is April 22, with five finalists to be announced on May 6 at a media conference at the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
The award will be presented at the Wismer Foundation annual golf tournament on May 27. Information on this day can be found at www.wismerfoundation.org
The coaching excellence award recognizes individuals who are currently active coaches, are talented, spirited, and innovative and gives to the athletes, school and community. They do not have to be a teacher.
The award is part of the legacy of the late John Wismer, who taught and coached for more than 33 years at Central and at Barton high schools. Under his guidance, his football teams won seven city championships – Central in 1960, 1061 and Barton 1963, 1964, 1972, 1973, and 1979.
Wismer believed that good teams made their own breaks and he was not too fond of excuses or doing less than your best. You didn’t have to be perfect as long as you put forward the effort to achieve your potential. His ability to reach out to students made a difference to the lives of the kids he taught, coached and befriended.
A spirited, yet gentle, quiet and caring mentor, students and athletes realized they mattered to him because he cared.
Nine of his players went on to play in the Canadian Football League.
Nominations for the coaching excellence award can come from anyone.
In addition to the coaching award, the Wismer Foundation’s other main purposes are recognizing academic and athletic excellence and supporting the Kids Count, Sports Matter community initiative