On Saturday, March 16th, Football Alberta presented many awards to top coaches, officials, and volunteers involved in football over past seasons.

The award ceremony was held at The University of Alberta Campus as part of the Golden Bear Football Coaches Clinic.

Among those awarded was Gino Castellan a former coach at Notre Dame High School in Red Deer. 

Here is what was written as part of the award ceremony:

The Godfather of Football in Central Alberta, Gino Castellan has been a major contributor to football in Alberta for over 30 years. 

Starting as a summer football outreach coordinator for Football Alberta while he finished his master’s degree at the University of Alberta in 1990, Gino became the head football coach at Camille J. LeRouge High School in Red Deer (the precursor to Notre Dame H.S.) in 1991 and immediately had an impact. 

By 1995 he had them in the Provincial Tier II Final where he lost a close one to Brooks.  In 1996 he started his 27 years of involvement with Football Alberta’s Team Alberta.  As an assistant coach he was a part of four National Championships in 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2001 and won one more as the team’s General Manager in 2007. 

He still maintains the position of G.M. and has also served on the Football Alberta Executive Committee since 2005 and was on the Board of Directors for Football Canada from 2007 to 2010.  If that wasn’t enough, he has also spent time as a Commissioner for various minor leagues in Central Alberta and was the host of the ASAA’s Alberta Bowl in 2023. 

One of Alberta’s leading developers of football, Gino Castellan is proudly inducted into the Football Alberta Hall of Fame.



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