November 22, 2012, Toronto, ON — Football Canada is proud to announce Ed Carleton as recipient of this year’s Gino Fracas Award as the Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s Most Outstanding Assistant Coach.
Ed Carleton grew up in Swift Current, Saskatchewan and later moved to Saskatoon to attend the University of Saskatchewan, playing five seasonsfor the football team before graduating in 1989.
Upon graduation, Ed began his coaching career at Evan Hardy Collegiate where he served as linebackers coach and defensive coordinator from 1990 to 1991 before joining the University of Saskatchewan in 1992 as defensive line coach. In 1996, he assumed his current coaching duties as Huskies defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.
Employed full-time with the government of Saskatchewan, Carleton is a level 4 NCCP Coach and a course conductor for level 1,2 and 3, who also dedicates countless hours to delivering NCCP courses as well as running camps across the province. In his personal time he has also been a key contributor for the NCCP, writing material for Football Canada.
Coach Carleton’s accomplishments include leading the Huskies’ defense to 8 Canada West Conference Championships, and 2 Vanier Cup titles in 6 appearances.
“A student of the game, Ed Carleton has been the architect of one of the top defenses in CIS football for the last 16 years. His players play aggressive, hard-nosed, disciplined football and have a great time doing it, said Brian Towriss,” University of Saskatchewan Huskies head coach. “He has been a loyal, dedicated volunteer coach and has contributed a great deal to the success of Huskie Football for over 20 years. He is a very worthy nominee for the Gino Fracas Award for the CIS Assistant Coach of the Year.”
About the Gino Fracas Award
This award is named to honour a man who has made a lifetime of outstanding contributions to amateur football. Gino Fracas moved right into a coaching role after his days with the Edmonton Eskimos with the University of Alberta head coach position. He led them to three league championships in the next four years. In 1963 his team won the Golden Bowl, the unofficial university National Championship and he also appeared in the very first Canadian College Bowl in 1965.
He was highly respected and admired for his dedication and commitment to the great sport of Canadian football. 2011 proves to be another great accomplishment by Gino, almost two years after his passing Gino was entered into the CFL Hall of Fame on September 17th, 2011 under the builder category.
The award created by Football Canada to pay recognition to the assistant coach that provides endless hours to improve the experience for the players and to support the other coaches. This award will ensure we continue to be able to recognize Gino’s legacy within the game of football as it also continues to recognize the contribution of the assistant coach.