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U SPORTS – HAMILTON (Courtesy Football Canada) – On Thursday night, University of Calgary Dinos football coach Marcello Rapini was named the recipient of the 2017 Gino Fracas Award at the U SPORTS All-Canadian Gala in Hamilton, Ont.

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The award represents the U SPORTS Assistant Coach of the Year. Rapini, who has been with the Dinos since 1984 in different capacities, is currently the pass defence coordinator and defensive backs coach for the program. Additionally, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Dinosaurs 5th Quarter Alumni Association.

“The success I have had as a position coach, defensive coordinator and head coach can be directly attributed to the support I have received from Marcello Rapini,” expressed Dinos head Coach Wayne Harris, who has coached with Rapini for 16 years. “The unselfish time and energy Marcello gives in supporting the University of Calgary Dinos Football program is most deserving of the recognition of the Gino Fracas Award and all that it stands for.”

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