Distinguished Alumni Award

2014: Wayne Harris

A familiar name synonymous with Calgary football is the recipient of the 5th Quarter Distinguished Alumni Award for 2014. Wayne Harris has been involved with the Dinos football program Harris for the greater part of three decades. Wayne played linebacker for the Dinos from 1977 through 1981 earning Conference all-star honours in his final three seasons. He spent one season (1982) playing professionally with the Stampeders before becoming a teacher with the Calgary Board of Education and becoming a successful coach at the High School level and coached Henry Wise Wood High School to 1992 city championship. He assisted with various football clinics and training camps joining the coaching staff of the Dinos in the 1990’s serving as a volunteer assistant coach. He was a member of the coaching staff coaching the linebackers in 1995 when the Dinos captured the Vanier Cup under Head Coach Peter Connellan. 

Wayne has been involved with Coach Nill since Nill joined the program in 2006. He has been responsible for coaching the linebackers and does the defensive play calling. He is regarded as one of the top coaches in his area in Canadian university football. Wayne is known for his attention to detail and preparation. He has been instrumental in coaching numerous players that or who are performing in the Canadian Football League. In 2006 he was the recipient of the prestigious Gino Fracas Award that goes to the volunteer assistant coach of the year in Canadian Interuniversity Sport football.

Wayne’s son, James Harris played for the Dinos for three seasons and helps coach with the Dinos on a volunteer basis as well. From a football family, Wayne is the son of Canadian Football Hall of Famer Wayne Harris who played professionally with the Stampeders for 12 seasons (1961 to 1972). Mr. Harris is regarded as the greatest Calgary Stampeder player in their history and is enshrined in the American College Football Hall of Fame and was an All-American at the University of Arkansas. In 2012 the Harris Family Linebacker Scholarship was created by the 5th Quarter recognizing the contributions of the Harris family to the football fabric of Calgary. This endowed award is presented annually to a linebacker on the Dinos football team.

Previous Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

Harry Andersen
Doug Nyhoff
Jason Assen
Marcello Rapini
Paul Colborne
Jack Neumann
Brian Baker
Mike Freiter
Tony Spoletini
Craig Steele
Bruno Geremia
Greg Vavra
Rob Furlan
Chester Krala
Tom Spoletini
Brian McCorquodale
Jim Bailey
John Houghton
Chris Wigg
Colin Sheedy
Cal Broadhurst
Gary Durbeniuk
Dave Bacon
Randy Bergh
Rick Coleman