Now in her final year of teaching in the Simcoe County Separate School System, Bianca McAleer has combined her love of teaching with coaching a wide variety of school teams over her entire career. In the last 10 years, Bianca has enjoyed enormous success coaching boys volleyball. students in grades six, seven and eight. They are at a stage where they can see their skills grow dramatically and Bianca’s coaching has always stressed skill development. In her third year of coaching Boys Volleyball, St. Monica’s won the Simcoe County Championships, a competition that involves over 100 eligible teams. Since then, the St. Monica’s Boys Volleyball team has been a force at the County level every year. To attain this consistency over the years is quite remarkable when approximately half of the players are new each season. Bianca McAleer’s dedication and commitment are as legendary as are her 7:45 am practices.
Other nominees for the 1998 Coach/Team Official of the Year were:
Mark Dahmer moved to Barrie in 1989 and almost immediately became involved in coaching in a variety of sports. He coached boys hockey for three years with the BMHA. Dahmer also coached Girls Ringette at the house league level for 4 years, took a Rep team to the 1995 regional championship and served on the executive for 3 years. In curling, Mark assisted with the Little Rock Program for young curlers from 7 to 16 years old. Perhaps his greatest contribution has been to the Barrie and District Girls Softball Association. Here, Dahmer has been a coach at both the House League and Rep levels. He has served on the executive of the Association since 1995 as vice-president and president. He was the Umpire in Chief for two years and is still active as an umpire. What is most impressive about Mark Dahmer is his quiet competence and compassionate approach to his many different roles.
Doug Lowther has given tirelessly to the development of basketball in Barrie. He is currently the coach of the Barrie Royals juvenile men’s team and has held this position for 3 years. In 1998 this team won a gold medal at the Basketball Ontario provincial championships. He has also been a member of the Royals coaching staff at the Premiere and Midget levels since its inception in 1989. In addition to his work with the Royals, Lowther also served as the assistant coach at Barrie North from 1993 to 1995 and at St. Josephs High School in 1996 and 1997. During Lowther’s coaching career his teams have won numerous OFSAA and Basketball Ontario medals. As well as coaching, he serves on Basketball Ontario’s provincial competition committee. Doug Lowther’s teams reflect the positive winning attitudes that he instills in them and the joy that he exudes in everything that he does.