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Cory Schmaltz – NESD Coach and Athletic Leader Receives SHSAA Merit Award

June 17, 2021


Citation for CORY SCHMALTZ

It is with great pleasure that the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association bestows the Award of Merit on CORY SCHMALTZ.

Throughout his entire 25-year teaching and coaching career in Carrot River, Cory has always been a strong supporter of the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association. He has been involved in school sport at the school, division, district, and provincial levels in many capacities.

Cory believes in a multi-sport athletic program and his school’s success proves it. He has coached volleyball, basketball, football, badminton, cross country, and track & field with great success. Cory’s teams have won a combined 37 medals in track & field, badminton, and football.

While this success is impressive, it is not the most important thing to Cory. Building relationships that promote respect, caring, and good citizenship are what Cory values most. He has mentioned on many occasions how important it is that his student-athletes follow the Wildcat Way of doing things. Cory knows that respect helps his students be successful on-and-off the court and field. Cory easily builds a respectful rapport with his students based on trust. Cory’s student athletes trust him, they work hard for him, and they love to play for him, no matter the sport.

Sari Carson, Principal of the Carrot River Junior Senior High School, says the following: “Cory’s standards for our student athletes go far beyond the court or field of play. Fair play and being a good sport are non-negotiables for his student athletes whether in practice, during competition, or out in the community. As school administrator, I have received multiple phone calls over the years complementing our students on their great behavior in the ‘away’ community. It is no surprise that the accompanying coach is often Cory Schmaltz.”

Cory was President of the North East District for six years and has been the Athletic Commissioner for the North East School Division since 2011. The responsibilities involved in these roles included scheduling, coordinating travel and accommodations for provincial championships, managing the District budget, working with all District schools, and revamping the North East’s constitution and bylaws. Cory has also found time to officiate badminton, basketball, track & field, and volleyball for the North East District. His leadership and mentorship in this area has played a vital role in supporting officials’ development in the North East.
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Sari Carson states the following: “Cory’s work as the Athletic Commissioner for the NESD puts him in a position to hear and understand the needs of all schools in the North East. His desire to see opportunity, development, and success for all student-athletes in our district spans beyond the walls of his home school. He is willing to ask hard questions and he usually doesn’t mince his words. When you know him well, you understand that it is because he’s working to find the best scenario for everyone involved, not just one school.”

Beyond his teaching and coaching career, Cory has contributed significantly to the overall programming of SHSAA. He was a member of the SHSAA executive, acting as the Section III representative for one term. He has also been an active member of the SHSAA Football Sport Advisory Group and continues to act as a resource when needed. When asked to share his knowledge and coaching expertise in badminton, he presented sessions at the SHSAA Coaches Symposium. Cory was very involved with the 2002 and 2013 AGM host committees. He has hosted numerous district, conference, and regional championships and in 2018, he served as the host commissioner for 3A Girls Provincial Volleyball.

Cory is married to Carlene and they have two daughters that are both attending the University of Saskatchewan. The family is dedicated to the community and school. Cory is recognized as a pillar of the community. He is an avid outdoorsman who loves fishing and hunting, especially bowhunting. In addition to being a member of the local Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, Cory has coached minor hockey, continues to play rec hockey, and curls in the men’s curling league.

To emphasize the Cory Schmaltz impact on school and community, one story must be shared: In May of 2015, three students from the Wildcat football team were killed in a tragic accident. As the community and school struggled to come to grips with the tragedy, Cory was called upon to deliver the eulogies for his players during the community funeral service that had over 1000 people in attendance. Cory wrote the eulogies on the weekend after the accident while continuing his coaching duties at the regional badminton playoffs. Cory said, “It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but I didn’t want to let my boys down.” You see, all of Cory’s student athletes become Mr. Schmaltz’s boys or girls. Such is Cory Schmaltz’s relationship with his student-athletes and his community.

It is with the above credits in mind, and on the recommendation of the North East District, that the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association has awarded Cory Schmaltz our highest honour; the SHSAA Merit Award.