Bruce Clark and Dave Garland: When fans think about football in Barrie, the names Bruce Clark and Dave Garland are never far from their lips. The pair have made Central Collegiate’s senior Redskins program the dominant force in football in the Georgian Bay region since they started coaching together 21 years ago. In that time, they’ve reached the Georgian Bay final an amazing 18 times, and have won 12 championships. Their lifetime coaching record together is 177-14-1. Central has never missed the playoffs in their time at the school. Clark, an Orillia native who started his coaching career in Midland, arrived at Central two years before Garland, in 1972. He finished his own football career on graduating from McMaster University and coached at Midland before moving to Central. Garland, who grew up in Toronto and went on to play football at the University of Western Ontario, started his high school coaching career in North York. The year before arriving in Barrie, Garland coached his team to a North York title and was chosen the coach of the North York all-stars.When Garland arrived to join Clark in Barrie, they embarked on a reign over Simcoe County football that has not been matched by any school in any other sport. Garland has also been involved as a volunteer with other sports organizations. He has served on the Georgian Bay football committee for many years, coached minor hockey and minor soccer for several years, and held several positions (including president for four years) with the Barrie Optimist Minor Soccer Association executive. Garland also helped create Central’s wrestling program, and coached for several years. He’s still active in sports, playing squash, hockey and slo-pitch. Clark’s athletic involvement has been mainly with football, but the geography department head helps out with many other school activities, including the students’ council and the band parents’ association. Clark and Garland have been nominated together because they are considered inseparable in their contributions to football at Central and throughout the county
Jack Phillips has, in recent years, had a high profile in track and field in Barrie and Simcoe County. But his contributions to sports and athletics go back many years and include athletes at many different levels. A Barrie resident, he has been coaching elementary school athletes for more than 30 years. He has been involved in volleyball and cross country running as well as track and field. Most recently, Phillips has spent the last seven years as a volunteer with the South Simcoe/Dufferin Track and Field Club. The last four years, he has been the club president, presiding over training sites in Barrie, Bradford, Tottenham, Collingwood, Midland and most recently, Kitchener-Waterloo. He’s responsible for a club that has 13 coaches and upwards of 130 athletes, many of them training year- round and at the elite level for their age groups. In fact, one of the club’s athletes, and a second athlete who is a former club member, are nominated for the Barrie Amateur Athlete of the Year award for 1993. He got involved with SSD through his coaching of elementary school track and cross-country runners. On the volleyball court, Phillips has coached elementary and secondary school teams, Ontario Volleyball Association club teams and spent eight years as the coach of the Georgian College women’s team. He started at Georgian in 1976-77 and helped build a program that earned an Ontario bronze medal in his final season. The next year, with many of the athletes he’d trained, the team won the Ontario championship and went on to place fourth at the Canadian college championships. He did all this while raising a family in Barrie, where he has resided since 1952. Today, Phillips has backed off a bit on his involvement in volleyball, though he still helps out with his school’s teams. He continues to serve as the president of the SSD track club.