Former Canadian Football League player, Hamilton Football Association youth commissioner and McMaster Marauders football defensive coordinator Joe Sardo was presented the Seymour Wilson Award from the Hamilton Football Officials Association Saturday (March 7).
Marc Cobb, vice president of the officials association presented the award on behalf of the HFOA Executive. This award is given annually to a person who has dedicated their career to improving amateur football in the Hamilton area and has made significant contributions. The award is the property of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and is a permanent fixture at the museum.
“Joe has instilled the highest calibre of coaching, placed emphasis on youth safety, and united Hamilton youth football under one organization, Hamilton Football Association,” noted Cobb.
Sardo, through his passion for the game and desire to share his wisdom and knowledge with future players envisioned a football league that focused on player safety, a family-friendly environment and encouraged professional development for its coaches.
In one year, the HFA has accomplished the following:
Joe Sardo, HFA Youth Commissioner
NFL Coach of the Year Top 3 Nominee, Seymour Wilson Award (HFOA), First and Only NCCP Certified Head Coach
Brent Howlett, HFA President
Rocky DiPietro Award (Ticats)
Rob Underhill, HFA Varsity Head Coach
Michael V. Young Award (Ticats)
6 Provincial Championships
Varsity OFC, Junior Varsity OFC, Bantam A OFL, Peewee AAA OVFFL, Peewee AA OFL, Peewee A OFL
Hamilton has Canada’s first and only Football Canada Safe Contact certified association.