John Chalmers was an accomplished athlete in his youth, after his playing day ended it was a natural transition to coaching. He has been a volunteer coach with the Barrie Soccer Club for the past 15 years. Like most volunteers his involvement began with the coaching of his children at the house league level and progressing to all star and then to Rep Level. His teams, always competitive, improved year after year reaching the highest level of youth play in the Ontario Youth Soccer League in 2006. The team reached the Ontario Cup semi finals – the highest level achieved by a Barrie team at that time. John then continued with the core group of this team into the competitive world of women’s soccer joining the Ontario Women’s Soccer League.
In 2010, Chalmers’ continued dedication to the talented young women paid dividends. The team rose from the Regional level to the Provincial level and became the #1 ranked women’s team in the Ontario Women’s Soccer League (OWSL). The team went on to win the Ontario Cup. This was a first for a Barrie soccer team, male or female. It was also the first time that a Barrie team qualified to represent Ontario at the Canadian Women’s National Club Championships.
Other nominees for the 2010 Coach/Team Official of the Year were:
Nicholas Cryer started coaching wrestling in Barrie in 2003. He does most of his coaching at the Kempenfelt Bay wrestling club and with the Bear Creek High School team. Since 2003 he has help coached five individuals that have gone on to be members of Team Canada. His High school teams have won the Georgian Bay Secondary School Association team championships twice. Cryer’s students captured 15 OFSAA medals including 3 Gold. Twelve of his high school athletes have gone on to compete at the University level or higher. Many of Cryer’s wrestlers have also participated in both Provincial and National competitions. Overall they have captured 30 Provincial Medals, including 13 Gold and 16 National Championship Medals, including 6 Gold. Cryer was named Coach of Team Ontario and helped the team to a first place finish at the Sparta Cup in Puerto Rico. As head coach of the Kempenfelt club, Cryer is extremely proud that three out of four of this year’s top athletes at the National Training Center (Brock University) were former wrestlers of the Kempenfelt club. This summer one athlete from the Kempenfelt club is going to Mexico for the Pan American Games and another will be in Hungary for the World Championships.
Joe Denes participated at a national level as a decathlete and is a former Olympic bobsled competitor. The experience he gained he now passes on to those he coaches. Denes has been the track and field head coach at Innisdale Secondary School since 2001, he has coached nine OFSAA medalists and 32 OFSAA finalists. In 2010, Denes joined the South Simcoe Dufferin Track and Field Club as Combined Events Coach. He also gives his time as a basketball coach with the Barrie Royals Basketball Club. Denes is an associate coach with the Innnisdale Secondary School basketball team and a hockey coach with the Oro Minor Hockey Association. 2010 was a successful year for Joe Denes and the athletes that he has coached. His Innisdale Secondary School Senior Girls Track Team won the 2010/2011 OFSAA overall team Championship. The Innisdale basketball team were Georgian Bay finalists. Thanks to the efforts of Joe Denes there are currently at least five nationally ranked athletes that say thank you to him for his efforts.