OUR TEAM

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Tom Higgins, CEO

Tom has had an illustrious playing and coaching career in football.  Tom was an All American defensive lineman at North Carolina State being coached by the legendary Lou Holtz.  After Tom's college career he played for the Calgary Stampeders, the Buffalo Bills, finishing his career with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. 

His playing days over, Tom started coaching at the University of Calgary Dinos and helped them win their first National Championship in 1983.  He began his professional CFL coaching career with the Calgary Stampeders, spending nine seasons coaching linebackers, defensive line, offensive line and special teams before heading to the Edmonton Eskimos for eleven seasons.  He was HC/GM for his final four seasons with the Eskimos, winning both the Grey Cup and CFL Coach of the Year.  Tom then rejoined the Calgary Stampeders as HC/GM for three seasons amassing his second Coach of the Year award before becoming the Director of Officiating with the CFL for six seasons.  His passion for the game could not keep him out of coaching long as he then became the HC of the Montreal Allouettes for two seasons.

Tom is an outstanding communicator and a leader of men who understands the game of football as well as anyone and is one of the finest coaches/teachers in the game.

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Tony Fasano, COO

Tony has been involved in football coaching for many years.  Tony was a slotback for McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario where he completed his Bachelor of Physical Education Degree.  Tony then went to Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania to complete his Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine.  It was at Slippery Rock University where Tony began his coaching career, first as a receivers coach and then the HC for the Junior Varsity Team.

His next coaching assignment was at Rowan University (formerly Glassboro State College) being the defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator for six seasons.  Tony then joined the staff at the University of Calgary Dinos for 20 football seasons:  ten as defensive coordinator and ten as the HC.  While at the University of Calgary he helped the team win two National Championships in 1988 and 1995.

Tony has coached every position on both sides of the ball and understands the game as well as anyone in Canadian College Football.  

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Randy Chevrier, DIRECTOR

Randy has had a very long and successful career in professional football. Randy began playing football at 18, attending McGill University where he received All Canadian Honours as a defensive lineman and long snapper.  In his senior year at McGill he won the J.P. Metras Trophy for the most outstanding lineman in Canadian Universities, and represented Canada in the prestigious East-West Shrine Game with top American players.  “Chevy”, as he is known, was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round (241st overall) in the 2001 NFL Draft and was also selected by the Edmonton Eskimos 5th overall in the 2001 CFL Draft.  After a stint with Jacksonville, Chevy spent time with the Dallas Cowboys and the Cincinnati Bengals before being assigned to the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe.  In 2002 he signed with the Edmonton Eskimos where he played 2 seasons before signing with the New York Jets.  Randy then signed with the Calgary Stampeders in 2005, spending 11 seasons with the Stampeders and being an integral part of special teams.  Randy may be the best long snapper in CFL history winning three Grey Cups, one with the Edmonton Eskimos and two with the Calgary Stampeders.  Chevy also was co-host of the radio show on the FAN 960 called “Chevy and Nasty Show.”  The CFA is pleased and proud that Randy will be actively involved in the Academy as Director of Community, Public and Sponsorship Relations.​

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Bruno Lindia, DIRECTOR

Bruno is a University of Ottawa graduate and has been coaching football for over 25 years at all amateur levels, enjoying working with both athletes and coaches.  Bruno is the creator and co-founder of the Hall of Fame Coaching Program, which focuses on the accountability of coaching behaviour in amateur sports.  Having coached at the amateur and collegiate level including spending time in Europe, coaching is a true passion and a lifetime commitment for Bruno.  His focus has always been on the mastery of the way the sport is played and how coaches need to communicate and behave to achieve success.  Bruno is a Level 3 NCCP certified football coach, the co-author of the International best seller "Ten Discussions for Effective Leadership", a professional speaker and team leadership coach.  He is also the President of DMA Global Ltd., a successful professional recruiting firm based in Calgary, Alberta.  

Bruno brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience based around the art of coaching, as well as running a successful business.  The CFA is pleased and proud that Bruno will be actively involved in the Academy as Director of Business Management, focusing on the long term goals and structure of the Academy.