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November 19, 2018: Tom Higgins, Grey Cup winning Head Coach and Keynote Speaker     Canadian Football Academy

Joe Klassen introduced Tom Higgins, who has an impressive resumé that walks the line between great background and can’t keep a job. He made that point continually throughout his presentation, calling it, quite accurately, a major dimension of working in professional sports.

Tom had many impressive positions, taking the U of C Dinos to a national championship, nine years coaching with the Stampeders, including the position of head coach, 11 years with the Edmonton Eskimos, including four as head coach, where he won Coach of the Year.

He also served as director of officiating for the CFL for six years, and then moved to the Montreal Allouettes for two seasons.

Tom told us talent, motivation and attitude were the three key ingredients for success in professional sports.

Tom was born in New Jersey, and in college he was named All-American in both football and wrestling. He played as defensive lineman, and to do that he weighed in at 235 pounds. You would never guess that today!

He informed us all that his positions throughout his career involved illness and fatigue - his employers were sick and tired of him! His attitude is: “If what you achieved yesterday looks big, you didn’t do much today.”

Chris Davis thanked Tom for his presentation, and presented him with our world-famous Boltman.

Tom Higgins

reported by Don Campbell

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