John Knapp’s name is synonymous with Basketball at Barrie North Collegiate. In his years as a coach at North, he has coached 22 boys’ teams and 14 girls’ teams in over 900 games and these teams have won more than 75 percent of these games. His teams were in the playoffs in 34 of 36 seasons. Knapp’s teams have won 9 GBSSA Championships, an OFSSA Bronze and an OFSSA Silver Medal. Winning is very important to John, but it is not the most important outcome to his coaching. He is more concerned with the development of his players as people. His philosophical approach teaches the importance of hard work and dedication along with putting the game into perspective. Knapp is the co-founder of the Barrie Royals city basketball program and has continued his involvement with the Royals for the last eleven years as a coach in over 200 games. His teams have won four OBA Championships and two OBA bronze medals. John Knapp’s commitment to basketball extends to player development where he has spent the last 17 years running mini-camps for elementary aged children. He has coached at four different camps in the US and two in Canada. In his 22 years of coaching, John Knapp has had an enormous impact on the game of Basketball in Barrie.
Other nominees for the 1999 Coach/Team Official of the Year were:
Steve Porter: When you look at Steve Porter’s Resume, you would be amazed about the depth of his commitment to sports and coaching. For the last two years Steve has been a special education teacher at Barrie Central Collegiate and his impact on their sports program was immediate. In 1998, he coached the Junior Football team to the GBSSA semi-finals. In 1999, he took the Senior Football team, a team that had been defunct for a year and coached them to a GBSSA Championship. In the same year, 1999, Steve coached the Boys Senior Basketball team to a bronze medal in the OFSSA Championship and helped coach the Senior Boys Rugby team to the OFSSA gold medal. Steve is currently President of the GBSSA, a member of the Barrie Royals Basketball Club executive, an approved Basketball Referee, a Barrie Mens’ Flag Football Referee and a member of the Barrie Slo-Pitch Umpires Association. Before coming to Central, Steve spent several years as a teacher at Maple Grove Public School where he coached the Girls’ Volleyball team to an Area 1 final and the Boys’ Basketball team to three Area 1 Championships. Steve Porter has also been involved the Barrie Royals as a coach for the last seven years and led the 1998 Juvenile Basketball team to a provincial gold medal.