Rob Roy played ball in Barrie as a youth in the Barrie Minor Baseball organization and won a Midget Canadian Championship as a premiere shortstop. His playing career took him to the Inter-County Baseball League where he played with the Guelph Royals and the Barrie Baycats. He also played for Team Ontario in the Canada Games.
As a student of the game, he used his knowledge to give back as a coach. He joined the Barrie Minor Baseball organization as a first year coach in 2012. He developed his players and they grew throughout the season to eventually win an All Ontario Championship.
Rob came through the Barrie Minor Organization and when his playing career ended, he chose to give back the knowledge he gained over the years to young players that one day may emulate his dedication and success.
Other candidates for the 2012 year included:
Paul Harrington started his coaching career at Queen’s University in 1991 as an assistant to the offensive co-ordinator. In 1992, he moved to Barrie and joined the staff at Innisdale Secondary School where he took on the coaching of the Basketball teams leading them to GBSSA and OFSSA championships in 1996. He also joined the coaching staff of the football team with much success: Innisdale Secondary School, GBSSA Champions 1992, 1993, 1996-98, 2001.
In 2006 he moved over to St. Joan of Arc, joining the football staff as Special Teams coach and Defensive Backs coach. In 2011, Paul became Defensive Co-ordinator and Special Teams Co-ordinator.
In 2012, Paul and his staff led their club to a GBSSA Championship, giving them an OFSSA berth where they also came away with the Championship. They completed their successful season as Finalists at the 2012 National Capital Bowl.
Nicholas Cryer started coaching wrestling in Barrie in 2003. A year later, with Al Emond and Brad Chestnut, he helped create the Kempenfelt Bay Wrestling Club. He does most of his coaching there and with the Bear Creek High School team.
Since 2003, Nicholas’ coaching staff has placed 7 members on Team Canada; 13 athletes have gone on to compete at the University level or higher; 21 medals at the National Championship (including 11 Gold medals); 15 OFSSA medals (including 4 Gold medals); and 43 Provincial medals (including 22 Gold medals).
In the summer of 2012, Nicholas Cryer took 20 athletes to London to participate in a tour of Britain, and compete in a tournament against Great Britain, the United States, and Austria, where they finished in first place. The team then relaxed by watching Canada finish in second place in the women’s event at the London Olympics.
His Juvenile Women’s team placed first at the Provincial Championships, providing Barrie with its first ever Provincial Wrestling Title. The team also placed 3rd in combined men’s and women’s events.
In March, his high school team competed at the Junior Nationals in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Bear Creek was the only high school club in attendance and competed against the best University clubs in the Country. All of these teams have at least 1 full time paid coach (usually 3), as well as significant operating budgets. His high school team placed 6th, beating three of the National Training centres and most of the University teams. This would have to be considered an extremely huge accomplishment for a high school level team.
In May, the team will be competing at the Canada Summer Games trials. They currently have 4 athletes ranked number 1 (and 2 athletes ranked number 2) for this event.