Craig Pearsall has a passion for hockey. At 22 years old and in his first year coaching, he was the head coach for the Rival Office Solutions team that played in the Barrie Major Peewee Division of the Barrie Minor Hockey Association. The team colours were a bright orange and the team was nicknamed the “Pylons”. The team lost every game they played in the regular season. Pearsall in spite of this record taught his team how to lose gracefully. The most important thing that the team learned was that the game must be fun. Coach Pearsall said he would dye his hair orange if the team won in the playoffs. All that he asked was that each player try to be the best that they could be. This philosophy paid off. The team won the Barrie “A” Championship and Craig dyed his hair. At the team banquet, every parent and player thanked Craig Pearsall for the impact that he had made on their lives.
Other nominees for the 2000 Coach/Team Official of the Year were:
Peter Millsap has been a coach in the Eastview Collegiate’s Volleyball program for the last 10 years. In that time, his teams have never missed a GBSSA Final Four tournament and have won the GBSSA Championship 6 times. In 1999, Eastview won the bronze medal at OFSAA in “AA” competition and in 2000, they won the silver medal competing at the highest “AAA” level finishing their season with a remarkable 39-2 record. Millsap also coaches at the club level having led the Brampton West Side Volleyball Club to a bronze medal in the Canadian Juvenile Championships in 1999. In 2000, Milisap’s local Georgian Cubs competed in the National Championship in Winnipeg for the first time. He has a reputation at every level for promoting a sense of fair play, effort and sportsmanship. Peter Millsap strongly believes in building individual character and giving each player the opportunity to compete at the highest level. “I’m glad you coached my son,” said one very proud parent.
Tom Stockdale began his wrestling career in high school, continued to compete in University and at the club level upon graduation. As an elementary school teacher, he continued with his love of the sport. He has coached the Portage View Panthers’ Wrestling team since 1980. His teams have enjoyed tremendous success. The Panthers have won seven Simcoe County Wrestling Team Championships. In 1997, the girls won the Ontario Bantam Championship and the boys duplicated this feat in 1999. In 1998 and 2001 the girls placed third in Ontario. Team member Jonathan Goodman has won gold medals in both Ontario and the Eastern Canadian championships. Stockdale believes that wrestling provides an outlet for all students in which each individual can participate to the best of their ability. Many of his students have gone on to compete at the High School and University level but they still come back years later to assist in Tom Stockdale’s program.