Joe Denes – 2011 – Coach / Team Official of the Year

Barrie Examiner Article – Joe Denes

Joe Denes participated at a national level as a decathlete and is a former Olympic bobsled competitor. He gained a great amount of experience that he now passes on to those he coaches as his way of giving back. Denes has been the Track and Field Head Coach at Innisdale Secondary School since 2001 and he has coached 11 OFSAA medalists and 35 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. His philosophy on coaching is approached with three specific goals. First to encourage the athletes to experience the enjoyment that sports can bring to them, secondly to help them develop their skills to the best of their ability, and lastly to help each athlete develop life skills that will assist them in becoming better citizens. In 2011 His Innisdale Secondary School Senior Girls Track Team won the 2011-2012 GBSAA overall team Championship and the Senior Girls won an OFSAA Championship. Under his tutelage, he helped Ocian Archer win silver in the 400m at the OFSAA championships and a bronze at the Pan-Am Junior Championships. He also coached Junior Solomon, a member of the Provincial team, to an OFSAA finalist position, to a Provincial Silver medal in the Octathlon and at the National Champion Octathlon. Erin Hodge, another of his athletes, was an OFSAA Finalist and a Youth National Finalist – Hurdles. Denes also coached Dylan Golow who had a 5th place finish at the Canadian Junior Championships. The Innisdale Basketball team, that he was associated with, were Georgian Bay finalists. He also coached the Barrie Royals Basketball Girls (Bantam) to a top 10 ranking in the province.

Other nominees for the 2011 Coach/Team Official of the Year were:
Joe Karwacki suffered a tragic accident in 2004, losing both his legs in a train accident . This did not stop him from being a fixture on the Eastview Wildcats sidelines. His players have called him one of the most inspiring people they’ve ever met. They have said that they may give up on everything, but Coach K, by his accident, has taught them that hard work and perseverance can overcome any obstacles life may throw at them. 2011 was another successful year as he helped coach the Wildcats to a GBSSA final. He was also nominated by his players for the NFL Youth Coach of the Year award. He was runner-up in among 400 nominated coaches. Finishing 2nd in the national voting earned Eastview $2,000.00 worth of new football equipment. Coach Karwacki has used football to overcome obstacles and provide leadership to young men in the community.

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