EDMONTON – Legendary University of Calgary football coach and athletic director Dennis Kadatz has taken his rightful spot in the Canada West Hall of Fame.
Kadatz, who is regarded as the father of the athletic program at the University of Calgary, was announced as the conference's latest Hall of Fame inductee on Wednesday.
In 1964 Kadatz was hired as the university’s first football coach and guided the team until 1968. In 1966 he became the school’s first athletic director, a position he would hold for nearly two decades.
Kadatz oversaw the Dinos from their infancy through their progression into a perennial national contender in a host of sports, and went on to serve as President of Calgary’s Olympic Development Association (CODA).
His legacy lives on annually as Calgary’s Athlete of the Year awards are named in Kadatz’s honour.
For a complete look at Kadatz's impressive resume, please read his full induction biography here.
ABOUT THE CANADA WEST HALL OF FAME
For the last century, organized university sport has been a central part of the student experience at institutions across Western Canada. Beginning with the University of Manitoba capturing the first Western Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (WCIAU) men's hockey banner in 1919-20, student-athletes have been competing to reach their full potential in sport and the classroom, while enriching campus life.
To commemorate 100 years of university sport across Western Canada, the Canada West Hall of Fame was created in the spring of 2019, with the first induction class set to be unveiled throughout the 2019-20 season.