Greg Johnston began coaching in the Barrie Sharks house league for girl’s hockey in 2003. He has coached with the Sharks organization for five years. In 2005/2006 Greg coached the Sharks Atom AA Rep team to the North Metro Atom League Championship. In 2007/2008 his Pee Wee Rep team moved up to AA and won gold at the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association (OWHA) Provincial Championships. As a result the OWHA invited the team to represent Ontario at the World Youth Hockey Tournament in Quebec. At the tournament the Sharks outscored their opponents 23-7, had three shutouts, but had to settle for Silver after a 1-0 overtime loss in the championship game. For the last five years Greg has also been co-instructor of the Barrie Figure skating Club/Mariposa power skating school for young athletes. The school is co-ed and is attended by an increasing number of girls each year. For three years he was an instructor with Storm Ice, a Toronto Hockey Clinic for AAA, OHL, NCAA and Pro players. In the summer of 2007 he started the Greg Johnston Hockey Academy for Girls and was recently selected to Coach the Barrie Sharks Bantam AA team for 2008/2009. Greg was also a highly respected coach of girl’s soccer, in Barrie, for eight years.
Other nominees for the 2007 Coach/Team Official of the Year were:
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 Under15 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 Ray’s mentorship program.