Bert Logan is one of the many valued coaches in Barrie Minor Hockey Association. Bert started coaching hockey 23 years ago and has coached 22 different teams during that time. He started coaching in the Barrie Minor Hockey Association four years ago. He has coached the Atom AA, Minor Peewee AA, Peewee AA and now the Atom AA Rep teams. During this time, his teams have won 8 tournaments, 2 Ontario Minor Hockey Association Championships and in 2006 they had the honor of winning the Ontario Hockey Federation Championship for all Pee Wee AA teams in Ontario. Bert and his wife Betty-Anne also created the Barrie Christian Pond Hockey League, a non contact league for players from 4 to 18 years of age. The league is in its ninth year of operation with over 550 boys and girls participating in the League. Emphasis is on having fun with all players receiving equal ice time and trophies for their participation and efforts during the year. Bert and Betty-Anne were presented with the Order of the Spirit Catcher Award by Barrie City Council last November.
Other nominees for the 2006 Coach/Team Official of the Year were:
Luke Ringler began coaching lacrosse for the Barrie South Simcoe Minor Lacrosse Association, in 1999, while still playing the sport himself. He was the first captain of the Junior B Tornado Lacrosse team that was launch in Barrie in 2000. Luke spearheaded the free lacrosse orientation clinics for all new lacrosse players and has run these clinics every year since 2000. He is a member of the executive of the Barrie South Sirncoe Minor Lacrosse Association and is the organization’s Head Coach. He contributes countless hours of his time to Lacrosse often coaching more than one team in a season. In 2006 Luke coached the Midget Field Lacrosse Rep team, the Midget Box Lacrosse Rep team, the under 19 Field Lacrosse team and assisted with a Novice field lacrosse team. At the same time he was the assistant coach for the Tornado Junior B Lacrosse team. His 2006 Midget box lacrosse Rep Team was the first Barrie team to ever qualify for an Ontario Lacrosse Association (OLA) Provincial A championship The championship tournament was played at the Ontario Summer Games in Ottawa and, although new to this calibre of competition, the team ended up in a respectable 5″th place overall. He was recently appointed Head coach of the Tornado Junior B Lacrosse Team for the 2007 season.
Raymond Wright, a Barrie resident for 35 years, began coaching about 15 years ago while still playing himself for the Barrie City Soccer Club. He has progressed to an elite coach level and holds several coaching licenses including a Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) ‘A’ License and a European License UEFA ‘A’ Part I. He is presently the Head Coach of the Girls Underl5 Provincial team; the Huronia District Soccer Association’s Coach of the Under 12 program; the Head Coach of the newly created Men’s and Women’s Varsity Indoor Soccer teams at Georgian College; and is the Head Coach for the Barrie Soccer Club responsible for both coaching and player development. As head coach of the Barrie City Soccer Club, he has been responsible for encouraging more coaches to become certified each year both within Barrie and the surrounding District. He also encourages coaches to attain higher certifications each year. Barrie Soccer Club has seven coaches licensed at the Provincial ‘B’ Level or higher due to Wright’s mentorship program.