Ron Andrews – 1996 – Coach / Team Official of the Year

Ron Andrews has a short but very successful history as a rugby coach at Barrie Central Collegiate. He was coach of the Central teams that captured the Georgian Bay boys rugby teams championships in 1996, 1995 and 1994. In both 1996 and 1994 his teams went on to capture the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association’s (OFSSA) senior boys’ high school rugby (AAA) championships. In 1995 Andrews’ Central team came away from the OFSSA championship with a silver medal. In 1996, the Team recorded 17 wins, 0 losses  and scored 508 points, while allowing only 39 against. Andrews is also involved with provincial rugby. He was co-coach of 1996 Ontario Rugby Union Under 19-team which won a silver medal at the 1996 Canadian championship.  Has been named coach of the team for 1997 Canadian Summer Games in Manitoba. Andrews also served as an assistant coach with Canadian Under- 17 team which recorded four wins and one loss. Two members of Central team were on the Under- 17 squad. He has once more been named assistant coach for 1997 Canadian team. Andrews is the Head of the physical education department at Barrie Central Collegiate. |He also served as a member of Red Storey Restoration Committee

Other nominees for the 1996 Coach/Team Official of the Year were:

Bob Clarke: You might call Bob Clarke Mr. Volleyball in Barrie’s high schools since he started coaching the sport in the early 1970s. Clarke has become synonymous with both the sport, and it’s success. He arrived in Barrie in 1965 and coached football at Central Collegiate for about eight years before switching to volleyball. He has coached all but two seasons since, taking both boy and girl teams at all age levels to championships. After moving to Barrie Eastview Secondary School in 1980, he was a key player in building a powerful volleyball program that has been among the best and most consistent in the county. His clubs have captured at least seven Georgian Bay high school champi­onships and until divisions were realigned a couple of years ago, staged a running baffle with powerhouse Midland teams. Clarke has also helped out with countless other GB champion teams. Last season, his junior boys’ team finished first in its league, then qualified for the Georgian Bay championship tournament only to lose in the championship game. His girls’ team lost only once in their league and tied for first, but were upset at the zone playoffs and did not reach the GB final. His involvement doesn’t end with coaching. He runs or helps out with six tournaments each season, both for high school and elementary players. He is a National Coaching Certification Program Level III coach, an accredited referee, and as his last hurrah before retiring in January of 1997, Clarke was one of the main organizers for OFSAA AA volleyball tournament at Eastview in 1996. He received the 1996 Leadership Award from OFSAA for contribution to development of volleyball in Ontario.

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