Bob Giordano Memorial Award - Coach of the Year

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The name Bob Giordano was synonymous with hockey in the Central Okanagan in the 1950's and 60's.  Giordano wasn't known for his athletic prowess, it was his organizational skills and enthusiasm for the game that made him an indispensable part of the local sporting fabric.  Bob truly loved to share his time and talent with the young people of Kelowna.  

Bob passed away in October 1965.

Nominations are open until Feburary 12th, 2021.


Award Criteria

  • Awarded to an individual who has contributed significantly to Kelowna through voluntary service to amateur sport, such as coaching or administrative support. 
  • Selections are based on the nominees achievements/contributions for the year 2020.
  • Past information can be included, but should primarily be regarding the current award year.
  • Nominees must no have personally benefitted from their volunteer activities, nor should the contributions be considered part of their normal employment or job responsibilities.
  • Selections are based solely on the information in the completed nomination package.

2019 Bob Giordano Memorial Award Recipient

Darcy Rysz

Whether it’s ‘strike one’ or ‘safe at second base’, the game of baseball simply can’t be played competitively without an umpire and thanks to Darcy, Kelowna has the Central Okanagan Baseball Umpire’s Association.

For the better part of a decade, Darcy worked tirelessly to build this organization from the ground up. It consolidated both Kelowna and West Kelowna under one banner to offer a higher level of instruction and set up a better framework for administration.

Following his resignation in September 2018 as President/Secretary/Treasurer and everything else he did in a formal capacity, Darcy stepped into the Past President position and still spent countless hours during the 2019 season mentoring and working with those who filled his place.

Additionally, Darcy has been a champion for KidSport in the Kelowna area, inspiring the COBUA to donate over $4,500 to it’s cause in the past three years.

Past Recipients of the Award
  • 2018 - Devin Rubadeau
  • 2017 - Linda McIntosh
  • 2016 - Kendall Gross
  • 2015 - Dennis Richardson
  • 2014 - Tom Maxwell
  • 2013 - Dino Gini
  • 2012 - Hal Hennenfent
  • 2011 - Tony Sodaro
  • 2010 - Terry Britton
  • 2009 - Arnar Bernhardsson
  • 2008 - Dan Wray
  • 2007 - Garth Vickers
  • 2006 - Dave McClellan 
  • 2005 - Jane Fairey 
  • 2004 - Ross Sutcliffe
  • 2003 - Ken Wilson
  • 2002 - Lloyd Nelson
  • 2001 - Jennifer Charles
  • 2000 - Kevin Davies
  • 1999 - Joan Schemley

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