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.