The following was submitted by the Mountain Volleyball Club:
Long standing OVA Executive member and club coach Jos Nederveen was recognized recently by the the McMaster Alumni Association at their annual awards luncheon with the 2014 McMaster Alumni Hamilton Community Impact Award.
The prestigious award recognizes individuals who have made a positive impact on the Hamilton community while reflecting the values of McMaster – integrity, quality and teamwork.
Jos Nederveen, B.P.E., is a member of the McMaster Class of 1978, holds a Master’s Degree in Sport and Stress Psychology, and a legendary volleyball coach in the Hamilton community. Certified as an NCCP Level 3 Coach, Jos is a biology and exercise science teacher in the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board and a volleyball coach who has won 20 city championships in a coaching career that spans nearly four decades.
One of Jos’s signature accomplishments is the founding and leading of the Catholic Coaching Program offered through the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board to help bring together technical coaching training – the program offers national coaching certification – and values-based training related to fostering a sports culture built on respect, integrity, fellowship and self-esteem. In just three years, the program has trained more than 200 teacher coaches and volunteer coaches. Jos also founded both the developmental St. Mary Volleyball Program (MVP) and the Mountain Volleyball Club (MVC).
While Jos would certainly measure his coaching and teaching legacies in the success of the student-athletes who have participated in his programs and on his teams, his impressive list of awards provides an indication of the respect his peers have for his impact. Jos was named Hamilton’s Coach of the Year for 2013 and the winner of both the Dr. Ray Johnson Coach of the Year Award and a Distinguished Volunteer Service Award at the City of Hamilton’s 27th Annual Sport Volunteer Appreciation Banquet. He received the Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence, the Coaches’ Association of Ontario’s Developmental Coach of the Year, the 3M Coaching Award, the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association’s Peter Beach Award, and the Syl Apps Special Achievement Award for Volleyball – notably, an award named for an iconic McMaster alumnus.
Also recognized was Brenda Flaherty (1990), Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Hamilton Health Sciences.