Gino Fracas Award
Volunteer coaches are instrumental and indispensable to the success of CIS football programs.
Football Canada realizes the depth of this commitment and the important role of the volunteer coach in the CIS. To this end, Football Canada, in conjunction with the CIS and the Vanier Cup Managing Committee, present the Gino Fracas Award to the country’s top Volunteer CIS Assistant Coach. The award is so named to recognize the many contributions Gino Fracas has made to the game of football and the great number of his assistants who have gone on to full-time employment in the CIS.
2016 – Phil Roberts, Queen’s University
2015 – Tom Norwell, York University
2014 – Rick Seaman, University of Regina
2013 – Joe Taplin, Saint Mary’s University
2012 – Ed Carleton, University of Saskatchewan
2011 – Brian Cluff, University of Guelph
2010 – Larry Stewart, Acadia Axemen
2009 – Pierre Levebvre, University of Calgary
2008 – Terry Chisholm, St. Francis Xavier
2007 – Wayne Harris Jr., University of Calgary
2006 – Nigel Wilson, University of Western Ontario
2005 – Richard Urbanovich, University of Manitoba
2004 – Ross Lemke, Université de Montréal
2003 – Rob Dalley, Wilfrid Laurier University
2002 – Barry Radcliffe, University of Saskatchewan
2001 – Frank Gesztesi, McMaster University
2000 – Kevin Artichuk, St. Francis Xavier University
1999 – John Belmont, University of Alberta
1998 – Mark Forsyth, McMaster University
1997 – Rita Sue Bolton, Queen’s University
1996 – Peter Regimbald, Concordia University
1995 – Gary Kirchner, McGill University
1994 – Bill Miklas, Queen’s University
1993 – Bob Mullen, Queen’s University
1992 – Doug Smith, University of Toronto
1991 – Clarke Samways, University of Western Ontario
1990 – John MacNeil, Mount Allison University
1989 – Phil Hughes, St. Francis Xavier University
1988 – Morgan Clark, University of Windsor
Tom Cheney Award
The Tom Cheney Award was named after the late Tom Cheney, Football official and educator, a member of the Calgary Football Officials’ Association, a field official in all levels of football from minor league to CFL, an original member of the Officials’ Working Committee and the Editor of the Football Canada Officials’ Training Manual.
His coordination of the material for the Manual was responsible for the excellence of that manual, which is respectfully dedicated to Tom.
After his death, in 1977, the CFOA executive purchased a trophy named for Tom. In view of his long years of dedicated service to the improvement of officiating, it was decided that the trophy would be awarded bi-annually to the person who most nearly approached the Cheney level. The Award is, therefore, given for
It is fairly obvious that such a contribution and such service will be built up over a number of years – although this does not preclude an outstanding effort in a single year. At the same time, the performance should be within the reasonably recent past – say the last 10 years, rather than something which happened 30 years ago. Once again, there should be enough flexibility in the decision making process to allow for variations in recommendations.
The type of criteria by which such outstanding contributions may be evaluated will probably include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following:
Executive-type position on local, provincial or national officials’ association, where the effect of his/her leadership has moved the association forward in officiating competency.
Clinician on local, provincial or national clinics, where the knowledge and ability to impart the knowledge to other officials has produced a marked improvement in officiating competency.
Organizer of clinics, meetings, or other educational forums whose purpose is to improve officiating competency.
Developer of educational material, such as rule material, case book material, manual material, teaching and instructional techniques, visual aid Material, or any other type of instructional material, on a local, provincial, or national basis, whose purpose is to improve officiating competency.
Evaluator of officiating performance at the local, provincial or national level, where the result of such evaluations and constructive criticism has produced a noticeable improvement in officiating competency.
Field official work: while it is not necessary that the person be an outstanding field official, it is probable that the person would be a competent field official. The fact that the person is an outstanding field official only, without some or all of the capabilities covered in 1 to 5, would not normally make the person a candidate for the Tom Cheney Award.
In making the final selection, the CFOA executive should be provided with as much supporting data as possible as evidence of the contribution and service of the individual recommended. Concrete results, e.g. publications, number of clinics held, number of officials trained, etc., should also be provided as evidence of the effectiveness of the contribution.
2016 – Ken Picot, Regina
2014 – Michael “Mike” Groleau, Hamilton
2012 – Walter Barry, Montreal
2010 – Jack Anderson, Moncton
2008 – Ron Hallock, Winnipeg
2006 – Murray Taylor, Toronto
2004 – Vern Heath, Calgary
2002 – Jack Leitch, Toronto
2000 – Ron Walsh, Saskatoon
1998 – Bill Glendinning, Moncton
1996 – Don Kent, Regina
1994 – Bernie Young, Montreal
1992 – Dave Shields, Ottawa
1990 – Ken Green, Toronto
1988 – Tip Logan, Hamilton
1986 – Harold Ferguson, Edmonton
1984 – Jacques Decarrie, Montreal
1982 – Bob Turnbull, Winnipeg
1980 – Wayne Fleming, Edmonton
1978 – Jack Gurney, Ottawa
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