Steve Porter – 2002 – Coach / Team Official of the Year

When you look at Steve Porter’s Resume, you would be amazed about the depth of his commitment to sports and coaching. As a teacher at Barrie Central Collegiate, 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. The basketball team was a GBSSA finalist in 2001and 2002 and won the GBSSA Championship again in 2003 with Steve as their coach. Steve helped coach the Senior Boys Rugby team to the OFSSA gold medal in 2002. This team has medaled in last 10 OFSSA Championships winning gold 4 times. He is the past President of the GBSSA, a member of the Barrie Royals Basketball Club executive, an approved Basketball Referee, a Barrie Men’s’ Flag Football Referee and a member of the Barrie Slo-Pitch Umpires Association. Steve has also been involved with the Barrie Royals as a coach for the last 9 years and led the 1998 Juvenile Basketball team to a provincial gold medal. In 2001, Steve was chosen by Basketball Ontario to coach at the Nike All Canada Basketball camp and for the last 2 years he has been the coach of the JDP Central West (Ontario) elite development team.

Other nominees for the 2002 Coach/Team Official of the Year were:

Tom Stockdale is retiring this spring as a teacher and coach at Portage View Public School. Since 1980, Tom has been the coach of the Portage View Panthers Wrestling teams. During that span the Panther’s have won seven Simcoe County Elementary Wrestling Team Championships and have finished 2nd four times. Tom also organized and co-coordinated this Championship five times in his career. His teams at various Ontario Championships have won over 50 medals. In 1997, the girls won the Ontario Bantam Championship and the boys duplicated this feat in 1999. In 1998 and 2001 the girls placed third in Ontario. Many of his students have gone on to compete at the High School and University level but they still come back years later to assist in Tom Stockdale’s program. In 2002, Tom received a plaque for “Years of Coaching, Organizing and Promoting the Sport of Amateur Wrestling” from his fellow coaches in Simcoe County. Tom’s commitment to coaching and to his students is not limited to wrestling. During the fall, he was the coach of the Panther’s Cross Country Running team. Tom also organized and co-coordinated Barrie area cross country competitions from 1993 to 2001. Each spring for the past 23 years, Tom has been the coach of Portage View’s Track and Field team. Of course, Tom again organized and co-coordinated every Panther Track and Field Meet since 1980.

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