To acknowledge the dedication coaches bring to the development of the sport, the McMaster Marauders football program is pleased to announce that Tom Pain from Hamilton’s Westmount Secondary School is the recipient of the 2016 High School Coaching Achievement Award, presented by T. Litzen Sports Ltd.
For the last 19 years coach Pain has handled both the junior and senior football teams at the secondary schools where he has worked. His coaching journey started with two season at M.M. Robinson in Burlington, before moving to Hamilton Glendale for 10 years, and finally spending the past seven seasons at Hamilton Westmount.
He has guided his teams into their league championship six times during his tenure. In addition to his high school coaching, Pain spent six years on the McMaster football staff as a linebacker coach and assistant defensive coordinator.
When informed that his high school coach would be receiving the award, Westmount player and McMaster recruit Wyatt Croucher said that Pain is a very deserving recipient, “He shows unconditional support, on and off the field, not only as a coach, but as a trainer for many students. I truly believe that I wouldn’t be where I am today without Coach Pain’s support, encouragement and expertise.”
The award will be presented at the annual McMaster Football Gala Dinner, May 3.
The award also brings with it a $ 1,000 voucher from T. Litzen Sports Ltd. Of Dundas, to be used toward the purchase of equipment for the Westmount football program.
Candidates for the award are nominated from the regions of Hamilton, Halton, Niagara, and Haldimand, with selection based on long-term service to high school football, positive impact on players, and commitment to promoting excellence on and off the field.
2015, Nick Mlekuz, Nelson
2014, Joe Babic, Assumption
2013, Ang Morreale, Orchard Park
2012, Marcello Campanaro, M.M. Robinson
2011, Chad Wozney, Notre Dame
2010, Rocky DiPietro, Lakeshore Catholic
2009, Claudio Silvestri, St. Thomas More
2008, Steve Alfano, St. Jean de Brebeuf
2007, Bob Stacy, Nelson
2006, Dave Walters, Westdale & Rick Oreskovich, St. Paul’s (co-winners)