Roger Gillespie
The 2014 Jean McCann Unsung Hero Award recipient.

Roger Gillespie has been involved in a variety of sports which include Barrie Minor Baseball, High School Volleyball, Slopitch Ontario, McMaster University Volleyball and the Barrie Baycats. With Barrie Minor Baseball Gillespie was a Rookie Ball Coach in 1990, Minor Mosquito Manager in 1991, Major Mosquito Manager in 1992 and a Minor Peewee manager in 1992. He also coached Baseball while a teacher at Barrie North Collegiate.

Gillespie is very involved in Volleyball. During his teaching career at Barrie North Collegiate from 1983-2011 he coached both Girls and Boys Volleyball. He then transferred to Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School and continued to coach Boys Volleyball from 2011-2014. During his high school coaching career he was presented with the Leadership in Sport award from OFSAA in 2008. He was on the organizing committee for OFSAA boys and girls championships held in Barrie . Gillespie coached the Georgian College mens team from 1982-83 He became a Volleyball referee in 1995 and he remains a referee today.

During the first and second season for the Barrie Baycats Gillespie was the official scorer and during their third year he became the first base coach. Gillespie is very involved in Slo Pitch. He played from 1975-2001 and he became an Umpre with SloPich Ontario in 1990 and remains involved in umpiring games today. In 1992 he became an Ontario Champion and in 1992 he became Ontario Slopitch Zone Director and remains so today. In 2004 he joined the Board of Directors for Slopitch Ontario and remains on the board today.

Gillespie’s son, attended McMaster University where he played Volleyball. In 2007-2008 Gillespie was the tournament Director for McMaster’s Florida tournament. He was a member of Barrie North’s 50th anniversary committee and he was also on the social committee at Barrie North and Nottawasaga Pines.

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