An accomplished NHL hockey player in his own right Greg Hotham has been giving back to his community through coaching hockey. As an assistant coach of the AHL Newmarket Saints he gained valuable experience which led him to be assistant coach of the 1991-92 Junior B Barrie Colts who with 41 wins, 1 loss ended up first overall. From there he went on to be Assistant and Head Coach in the Barrie AAA Icemen organization for five years taking a Pee Wee team to the OMHA finals. This past year Hotham was appointed Head Coach of the Provincial Junior A Couchiching Terriers. The team finished first in the 38 team league with a record of 38 wins and 3 losses. His team ranked second in goals scored with 267 goals. Their 110 goals against was tops in the league. Couchiching’s success was also displayed in their power play. They lead the league in this category with a success rate of 25.08%. Their penalty killing was second with an 89.27% average. The Terriers were ranked fifth, in Canada, in the Canadian Junior Hockey League year end ratings.
Other nominees for the 2008 Coach/Team Official of the Year were:
Dale Baker : Year 2008 was a very important year for Innisdale Secondary School’s Dale Baker. She held off retiring from her teaching position to help organize the 2008 Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) boys volleyball championship. The sucessful event was held in Barrie. Three high schools hosted the 2008 OFSAA Championships. She also acted as OFSAA convener to the Georgian Bay Secondary Schools Association (GBSSA) boys volleyball league. Baker also coached the Innisdale Boys AAAA Volleyball team to the GBSSA championship. Baker’s team reached the quarterfinals before falling to the silver medalist Mississauga team. Baker has contributed 32 years of service to athletics and physical education in Simcoe County. Thirty of those years have been in Barrie schools. She has coached numerous high school teams, with many of them capturing GBSSA championships. She has been very active in the the OFSAA and the GBSSA. She has helped organize and host five OFSAA provincial championships. In addition, she has served as an OFSAA convener for four other volleyball championships. Dale has received an OFSAA Leadership in Sport award for girls volleyball and In June 2008, she was presented with the OFSAA’s prestigious Pete Beach Award. The OFSAA has also nominated her for the distinguished Ontario Volunteer Service Award. She was also a recipient of the Barrie Sports Hall of Fame Jean McCann Unsung Hero award. Bakers coaching talents have also extended beyond school teams. She has coached the Georgian Cubs Volleyball club for four years and was a Barrie Minor Soccer coach a number of years ago.
Jason Beer came to Eastview shortly after the Simcoe County Athletic Association (SCAA) introduced hockey as a new high school sport in 2001. He has been very active in building Eastview’s hockey program. He was assistant coach for his first two years with the team and took over as head coach in the 2004-05 season. That year the Eastview Wildcats won the SCAA championships and represented Georgian Bay Secondary Schools Association at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) Senior boys AAA/AAAA championships in Windsor. They proceeded to the championship game in that tournament with a 3-0 record including two shutouts. A close 3-2 loss in the championship game left them taking home the silver medal. Eastview’s hockey teams have gone to the Simcoe County Athletic Association finals in five of the last eight years. This season, Beer was once again behind the bench when his Eastview senior AAA/AAAA hockey team won the SCAA championships with a 4-2 win over Banting. This win gave Eastview the right to represent GBSSA at the OFSAA championship for the second time in five years. The OFSAA Championship tournament was held in North Bay from March 25 to 27. Eastview advanced to the quarterfinals with 2-1-1 record after the first round robin series. Unfortunately, they ran up against the eventual gold medal team from Mississauga and Eastview found themselves eliminated from further play. The Mississauga team dominated the tournament with six wins, one tie, four shutouts and a 26-to-5 goals for/against record. Beer has also coached Eastview soccer for one year and the Eastview junior and senior rugby teams for three years. In addition he participates in teacher-led trips to Europe for some of his high school students.