Waterdown teacher Jobina D'Aloisio a finalist for Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence

Sports May 19, 2017 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

Waterdown District High School’s Jobina D’Aloisio has been named a finalist for the Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence.

The award, established in memory of longtime coach and educator John Wismer, is presented annually to two talented, inspiring and dedicated high school coaches – one each from Hamilton’s Catholic and public boards.

In addition to a small monetary prize, the winners receive $1,600 for their team or school, which in the past has been used to help pay for everything from football helmets to artificial turf.

D’Aloisio said the nomination is special. “I’ve been part of the Waterdown community for 16 years now,” she said. “It’s meaningful to me that there are others in the community who feel that I would be deserving of an award like that.”

“I’m sure most coaches would tell you we coach because we have a passion for the sport, but also because we want to share that passion with kids and provide them with new opportunities,” she added. “It’s really nice to know that there are people in the community that are supportive of me and think what I do is meaningful and impactful on the kids in the community.”

The nomination is the second for D’Aloisio, who was also named a finalist in 2012. The five other finalists for the 2017 award are Bishop Ryan’s John Di Benedetto, Dundas Valley’s Robert Gardiner, Annette Tonogai from Westdale, St. Jean de Brébeuf’s Kevin Karl and Gerry Moretuzzo from Cardinal Newman.

D’Aloisio noted she knows many of the nominees through coaching and has a long history with Westdale finalist Annette Tonogai.

“I was her student teacher 17 years ago,” D’Aloisio explained, noting she told Tonogai at the time that she wanted to stay in the area to pursue her career. “She said to me, ‘There’s a school in Waterdown.’ I’d never heard of it.

“She said, ‘You should go check it out – it’s a really nice school, they have some great sports programs there.’”

After school that day D’Aloisio drove to WDHS and saw the school.

“I called my mom and said, ‘Mom, I know where I want to work – at Waterdown High School, it’s so nice,’” she recalled. “That September, I was working at Waterdown and I’ve been here ever since.

“So it’s really special to be nominated with her, because she’s a special person.”

Since starting at WDHS, D’Aloisio has spearheaded the basketball program and started the Flamborough Fire rep program to fuel basketball at the school.

In the past she’s also coached soccer, badminton and volleyball, but this year she focused solely on basketball – leading the senior girls team to the school’s first-ever senior girls basketball OFSAA berth.

“Getting to OFSAA was a goal that I set for the high school program over 10 years ago,” she said. “It’s been a lot of time and a lot of hard work, but it was a really exciting year for us.”

She noted just being nominated for the award is special, but winning would be much more so.

“Having your name listed among so many other great coaches who also won that award is prestigious,” she said. “It would just be really special.

“When you look at the people…who have won that award, they’re all amazing coaches, amazing individuals.”

The winner of this year’s Wismer award will be announced May 30 at the Carlisle Golf and Country Club.

Waterdown teacher Jobina D'Aloisio a finalist for Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence

Sports May 19, 2017 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

Waterdown District High School’s Jobina D’Aloisio has been named a finalist for the Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence.

The award, established in memory of longtime coach and educator John Wismer, is presented annually to two talented, inspiring and dedicated high school coaches – one each from Hamilton’s Catholic and public boards.

In addition to a small monetary prize, the winners receive $1,600 for their team or school, which in the past has been used to help pay for everything from football helmets to artificial turf.

D’Aloisio said the nomination is special. “I’ve been part of the Waterdown community for 16 years now,” she said. “It’s meaningful to me that there are others in the community who feel that I would be deserving of an award like that.”

“I’m sure most coaches would tell you we coach because we have a passion for the sport, but also because we want to share that passion with kids and provide them with new opportunities,” she added. “It’s really nice to know that there are people in the community that are supportive of me and think what I do is meaningful and impactful on the kids in the community.”

The nomination is the second for D’Aloisio, who was also named a finalist in 2012. The five other finalists for the 2017 award are Bishop Ryan’s John Di Benedetto, Dundas Valley’s Robert Gardiner, Annette Tonogai from Westdale, St. Jean de Brébeuf’s Kevin Karl and Gerry Moretuzzo from Cardinal Newman.

D’Aloisio noted she knows many of the nominees through coaching and has a long history with Westdale finalist Annette Tonogai.

“I was her student teacher 17 years ago,” D’Aloisio explained, noting she told Tonogai at the time that she wanted to stay in the area to pursue her career. “She said to me, ‘There’s a school in Waterdown.’ I’d never heard of it.

“She said, ‘You should go check it out – it’s a really nice school, they have some great sports programs there.’”

After school that day D’Aloisio drove to WDHS and saw the school.

“I called my mom and said, ‘Mom, I know where I want to work – at Waterdown High School, it’s so nice,’” she recalled. “That September, I was working at Waterdown and I’ve been here ever since.

“So it’s really special to be nominated with her, because she’s a special person.”

Since starting at WDHS, D’Aloisio has spearheaded the basketball program and started the Flamborough Fire rep program to fuel basketball at the school.

In the past she’s also coached soccer, badminton and volleyball, but this year she focused solely on basketball – leading the senior girls team to the school’s first-ever senior girls basketball OFSAA berth.

“Getting to OFSAA was a goal that I set for the high school program over 10 years ago,” she said. “It’s been a lot of time and a lot of hard work, but it was a really exciting year for us.”

She noted just being nominated for the award is special, but winning would be much more so.

“Having your name listed among so many other great coaches who also won that award is prestigious,” she said. “It would just be really special.

“When you look at the people…who have won that award, they’re all amazing coaches, amazing individuals.”

The winner of this year’s Wismer award will be announced May 30 at the Carlisle Golf and Country Club.

Waterdown teacher Jobina D'Aloisio a finalist for Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence

Sports May 19, 2017 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

Waterdown District High School’s Jobina D’Aloisio has been named a finalist for the Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence.

The award, established in memory of longtime coach and educator John Wismer, is presented annually to two talented, inspiring and dedicated high school coaches – one each from Hamilton’s Catholic and public boards.

In addition to a small monetary prize, the winners receive $1,600 for their team or school, which in the past has been used to help pay for everything from football helmets to artificial turf.

D’Aloisio said the nomination is special. “I’ve been part of the Waterdown community for 16 years now,” she said. “It’s meaningful to me that there are others in the community who feel that I would be deserving of an award like that.”

“I’m sure most coaches would tell you we coach because we have a passion for the sport, but also because we want to share that passion with kids and provide them with new opportunities,” she added. “It’s really nice to know that there are people in the community that are supportive of me and think what I do is meaningful and impactful on the kids in the community.”

The nomination is the second for D’Aloisio, who was also named a finalist in 2012. The five other finalists for the 2017 award are Bishop Ryan’s John Di Benedetto, Dundas Valley’s Robert Gardiner, Annette Tonogai from Westdale, St. Jean de Brébeuf’s Kevin Karl and Gerry Moretuzzo from Cardinal Newman.

D’Aloisio noted she knows many of the nominees through coaching and has a long history with Westdale finalist Annette Tonogai.

“I was her student teacher 17 years ago,” D’Aloisio explained, noting she told Tonogai at the time that she wanted to stay in the area to pursue her career. “She said to me, ‘There’s a school in Waterdown.’ I’d never heard of it.

“She said, ‘You should go check it out – it’s a really nice school, they have some great sports programs there.’”

After school that day D’Aloisio drove to WDHS and saw the school.

“I called my mom and said, ‘Mom, I know where I want to work – at Waterdown High School, it’s so nice,’” she recalled. “That September, I was working at Waterdown and I’ve been here ever since.

“So it’s really special to be nominated with her, because she’s a special person.”

Since starting at WDHS, D’Aloisio has spearheaded the basketball program and started the Flamborough Fire rep program to fuel basketball at the school.

In the past she’s also coached soccer, badminton and volleyball, but this year she focused solely on basketball – leading the senior girls team to the school’s first-ever senior girls basketball OFSAA berth.

“Getting to OFSAA was a goal that I set for the high school program over 10 years ago,” she said. “It’s been a lot of time and a lot of hard work, but it was a really exciting year for us.”

She noted just being nominated for the award is special, but winning would be much more so.

“Having your name listed among so many other great coaches who also won that award is prestigious,” she said. “It would just be really special.

“When you look at the people…who have won that award, they’re all amazing coaches, amazing individuals.”

The winner of this year’s Wismer award will be announced May 30 at the Carlisle Golf and Country Club.