Ron Coristine (1940 – )

Sport: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Track & Field
Position: Coach, Official
Year of Induction: 2014

About

Ron was a fine athlete in his own right starring with the Junior Maroons, playing Junior “A” in Guelph, and then receiving a scholarship to play at the University of Michigan. After that, Ron returned to Chatham as a high school teacher and administrator. For 36 years (1964-1998), Ron was involved locally in sports as a coach, official, and administrator, all with excellent results. His contributions to athletics in Chatham were wide spread and involved 5 different sports.

Career Highlights

Track & Field

  • Late 1960’s co-founded the Chatham Legion Track Club and initiated the CK Relays
  • Coached track and field at CKSS for 14 years and took the school’s first track athlete to OFSAA

Baseball

  • Was the Chatham Minor Baseball supervisor in 1973, the year that the Kinsmen Pee Wees won the national championship
  • Was an OBA registered umpire from 1975 to 1981

Football

  • Co-coached football at CKSS for 5 years when the team won 3 Kent championships including the 1970 team that won the school’s first senior championship and then went on to win SWOSSAA

Basketball

  • Coached 10 senior boys basketball teams at CKSS including the 1977 OFSAA “AA” Championship team, the school’s first such title
  • Was instrumental in helping to raise the profile of basketball in the city to an all time high in the 1970’s
  • Helped in hosting OFSAA Basketball Championships in 1977 and again in 1982
  • Ran elementary feeder school tournaments to increase the profile of local basketball
  • Throughout his high school career, was involved in Kent County Secondary Schools Athletic Association serving in several different capacities

Hockey

  • from 1965 to 2000, was involved in local hockey, coaching high school, houseleague, travel teams, and the Junior Maroons
  • for a time was co-owner of the Junior Maroons and later was GM of the Bothwell Bullets
  • after 2000-2001 season, was named GM of the Year for OHA Senior “A” League
  • in the 1970s, developed the “Fundamental and Practice Manual” for Chatham Minor Hockey
  • for 10 years served on the Board of Directors for the Junior Maroons as the “Supervisor of Education” which entailed working with the players, their families, and their schools to help ensure academic progress

Ron and his wife Cherie raised 3 sons all of them involved in athletics in the city. He continues to reside in Chatham.

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