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Tom Weislo, architect of championship volleyball program, to receive John Barnes Award
Keith McShea

The President and Board of Trustees of Canisius High School are proud to announce the 2023 recipient of the John F. Barnes Award is Thomas H. Weislo, architect of the Crusaders' championship volleyball program.

The Barnes Award, named for the dedicated 42-year coach and faculty member, recognizes alumni or other members of the CHS community for outstanding contributions to Canisius High School athletics.

Thomas H. Weislo – Volleyball

A foundational member of the Crusader volleyball program, Weislo has been a part of 24 Monsignor Martin Athletic Association championships during his 27 years with the program, including the team's current 22-year title streak.

As the varsity head coach, Weislo won 15 consecutive MMAA Championships and 17 total. His 2016 and 2020 teams went undefeated with his 2016 team posting a 34-0 record and boasting two players ranked in the USA Volleyball Top 50.

Weislo has coached countless all-Catholic and All-Western New York players during his tenure and his tireless efforts have built Crusader volleyball into one of the best and most successful programs in Western New York.

Weislo is currently the Director of Admission and the Director of Volleyball Operations.

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The Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor, Athletic Hall of Fame honorees and John Barnes Award winner will be inducted as part of a gala event on Saturday, Nov. 18. More details to come.


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