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Peter Connellan bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Peter Connellan

Head Coaching Career

University of Calgary
1977, 1983 - 1990, 1992 - 1995

Awards and Honours

Norman Kimball Award winner for being the Alberta Amateur Football Association Coach of the Year
1985 (1)

Canada West Coach of the Year
1995 (1)

Frank Tindall Award winner for being the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU) Coach of the Year
1977, 1985 (2)

Vanier Cup Participation as a Head Coach
1983, 1985, 1988, 1993, 1995 (5)

Vanier Cup Winning Team(s) as a Head Coach
1983, 1985, 1988, 1995 (4)

Career Highlights

  • Had an overall record of 70-32-2.

  • Won eight Canada West championships.

Peter Connellan is one of the most successful coaches in history at the University of Calgary and in Canadian Interuniversity Sports, and has never coached a team with a losing record.

Connellan was interim coach with the University of Calgary Dinos in 1977 and led them to a Canada West Conference title. He became the full-time head coach for the team in 1983 and coached them to a Vanier Cup Championship over Queen's that year. During his 13 years as coach, the Dinos won four Vanier Cups.

Connellan announced his retirement after the team's 1995 Vanier Cup victory. This victory made Connellan the first coach in CIAU history to win four Vanier Cup Championships. He won the Frank Tindall Trophy for CIAU Coach of the year in both 1977 and 1985.

Peter Connellan was the recipient of many coaching awards for his work at the University of Calgary, as well as for coaching at the high school level earlier in his career. Some of these awards include the Norm Kimball Award, Alberta Sports Council Provincial Coaching Recognition Award, and the 3M Canadian Coaching Association - Male Coach of the Year.

Peter Connellan is also a member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Calgary Hall of Fame.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 2012 as a builder.

Class of 2012

Jack AbendschanDamon AllenDavid BraleyPeter ConnellanHarvey JonesEric Lapointe

Milton Stegall

Football Reporters of Canada

Steve MiltonDan Ralph

Connellan, Peter
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