As part of the Senior Bowl festivities over the long weekend, Football Alberta announced Thursday the list of coach, officials and volunteer award winners for 2016.
Two Red Deer coaches will be presented awards, as Notre Dame Cougars coach Gino Castellan was the Frank Morris Tier 1 Coach of the Year and Hunting Hills Lightning coach Kyle Sedgwick was the High School Laurie Robertson Tier II Coach of the Year.
According to the Football Alberta Board of Directors what Castellan was able to do with the Cougars this season was special.
“The powerful Cougars closed out a solid Central Alberta League season, where they only lost once, with a league championship and followed that up with a 27-8 first round upset over the number four ranked Harry Ainlay Titans as the eighth ranked team. From there they became the only team to take a lead against the number one ranked Bev Facey Falcons in the Northern Final before bowing out to the Falcons 32-13.”
For the sixth time in a row in 2016, the Lightning made provincials. After first straight league championship wins in the Central Alberta League, Hunting Hills finally dropped a title game in 2016 to the Notre Dame Cougars.
“This kind of consistent excellence doesn’t just happen. It takes strong leadership and quality coaching both on and off the field,” said the board of directors in a Football Alberta press release.
“Kyle Sedgwick embodies those traits to a T. (He also) coached the Lightning to powerhouse status at the Tier II level as well as having stints on Team Alberta and Team Canada coaching staffs.”