Calgary sports legend Kadatz honoured

Calgary sports legend Kadatz honoured

Former Dinos athletic director inducted into CW Hall of Fame

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.


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. 


About Canada West

Since 1972, Canada West (CW) has been a leader in Canadian university sport, working to provide our student-athletes the opportunities to excel in sport, the classroom, and their communities. CW and our 17 members from across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba collectively carry on a legacy of competitive excellence, as our champions proudly go on to represent the conference at U SPORTS national championships.

Canada West – training leaders, building champions.