Thursday, 9 November 2017


University of Calgary secondary coach Marcello Rapini is the 2017 Canada West nominee for the Gino Fracas Award as the U Sports Volunteer Coach of the Year.

Rapini began his involvement with the Dinos football program in 1985. He was a member of two Vanier Cup championship teams. His contributions to the team continued after his playing career carving out a niche as one of the team’s most respected coaches. He began his coaching career as secondary coach in the early 1990’s and was involved for four seasons before business commitments forced him to step away. Rapini returned to the fold in 2006 and has been with the program since.

Currently Vice-President of Marketing for Perpetual Energy in Calgary, Marcello makes time for football despite a demanding career in the oil and gas industry. He rarely misses a team meeting, film session, or practice despite his responsible position at Perpetual, often taking his vacation to coach at fall training camp.

Marcello is also one of the rare coaches whose players “play for him” and has the unique ability to inspire his athletes. He prides himself on teaching players the proper technique, the ability to communicate and react to the situation presented on the field.

Marcello’s intensity and passion on the field is matched by his commitment off the field. He provides career opportunities for Dinos student-athletes playing a huge role in helping young graduates transition into the business community. In addition, he is involved helping current players find suitable summer employment through his contacts with the downtown business community.

This past year Marcello developed a program called LENDING LEADERS recruiting donors to help defray operating costs of the football program raising more than $150,000.

Marcello’s contributions have not gone unnoticed within the Dinos family. In April 2010 Marcello received the Dinos 5th Quarter Distinguished Alumni Award for his unwavering contribution to the program. Two years later the Marcello Rapini Award was established. This endowed award with the University of Calgary is awarded annually to a deserving defensive back with the program and was funded by business and personal associates of Rapini in recognition of his vast contribution to the program.

Always looking to better himself as coach, Rapini, was a guest coach with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Saskatoon five years ago.
Current Dinos Head Coach and former Gino Fracas Volunteer Coach of the Year Wayne Harris states, “Marcello is very passionate, you can’t find a more passionate coach out there and he sets high expectations for everyone.”

Saturday, 7 October 2017


The University of Calgary football Dinos confirmed that offensive lineman Carter Johnson has committed to the University of Calgary for the 2018 season by signing a U Sports Letter of Intent.

Johnson brings with him a list of impressive credentials. He is a member of the Alberta U18 Provincial team and also a member of Canada’s U18 team that will compete in Dallas, Texas in January 2018.

“It is easy for me to stay at home. Calgary is a good program, I have friends and family here. I know where I want to be and it is Calgary,” stated the 17 year old 6’3”, 295 lbs. offensive lineman who is in his senior season at Henry Wise Wood High School.

Carter was a Calgary High School league all-star center last year as Grade 11 and has been a captain for the Warriors.

“Carter is a hard working young man. He is a smart football player with good instincts at center and has been a good leader at Wise Wood,” states Dinos Head Coach Wayne Harris.

A product of the Cyclones bantam and youth football program Johnson hopes to pursue a career in Arts or Kinesiology.

As well as playing football Carter participates in track and field with his events being the discus and shot put.

Both his father and grandfather are former football officials in Calgary officiated at the Canada West level.

He is the son of Kelsey and Nicole Johnson. 


Zach Newman wanted to follow in the footsteps and tradition of his uncle. The University of Calgary football Dinos are glad he wanted to.

The Dinos confirmed the signing of the 6’2”, 230 lbs. fullback when Newman signed a U Sports Letter of Intent in late September.

“I wanted to follow the legacy of the Newman name at the University of Calgary,” stated the Newman referring to his uncle Collin Newman, who was a stellar defensive cornerback for the Dinos from 1990-94 earning 2nd team all-Canadian status in his senior season.

Newman has been on numerous championship teams during his youth career having played for the Cowboys organization. He earned all-star honors last season in the Calgary Midget Football League helping the Cowboys win the league championship last year.

“I was fortunate to play for coach Tony Spoletini,” in youth football Newman stated.

Newman has had an outstanding career playing for Coach Steve Maheu at Robert Thirsk helping the Comets capture the City Division II Championship. He has been a two-year starter at running back for the Comets and was named the Most Valuable Back as a grade 11 student last year. An excellent athlete, he also starts on the Comets’ senior basketball team.

Newman was a member of the Calgary Selects Bantam South Bowl team, and also played for the U16 Alberta team that competed in Arlington, Texas in January 2015.

“Calgary’s offense ran the position I want play which is the H Back and I like their style of offense,” stated Newman who spoke with Simon Fraser, McMaster, Alberta, and Ottawa but made no official visits to those schools.

“Zach is a big powerful back and will transition into either a tight end or fullback in our system. He is a very strong student and look forward to having him with our program,” stated recruiting coordinator Matt Berry.

Zach is the son of Kevan and Liesl Newman and will enroll in Haskayne School of Business pursuing a major in Accounting.