2018: PAUL CARSON
Paul Carson has done whatever is required to make the Dinos football program better.
Paul joined the Dinos program in 1984 and after attending high school in both Winnipeg and Calgary. A member of the 1985 and 1988 National Championship teams, Paul is a proud alumnus of the Dinos football program. He was a starter at all three-line positions, capping his career earning Canada West all-star and Canadian Interuniversity Sport second team All-Canadian status at guard in 1988 as Calgary defeated Saint Mary’s University 52-23 in the Vanier Cup.
He was offensive line coach for 11 years, including the 1995 Vanier Cup Championship team and the 1993 team that lost in the Vanier Cup to the University of Toronto. Carson began his coaching career in 1989, coaching until moving to Kelowna in 2000. Even when he lived in Kelowna he assisted the Dinos at training camp on several occasions.
He moved back to Calgary in 2014 and gradually got immersed again with the program despite having a family and new career position. He not only is involved with the management side of the program, but midway through the 2016 season took over as offensive line coach. He is an active Board Member and involved with many of the financial decisions affecting the 5th Quarter and the football program.
In addition to being a player, coach, and alum of the program, “Carss,” as he is fondly known, has served as a mentor for several graduating players in helping them secure employment opportunities.
“When Paul transferred back to Calgary in 2014, he joined 5th Quarter Board of Directors and returned to coaching the offensive line in 2016. Paul is a very deserving recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award,” states Dinos Head Coach Wayne Harris.
Paul graduated with a major in Economics and is currently employed at TD Wealth in Calgary as Senior Vice President & Branch Manager.
His son, Matt, played five seasons for the Dinos along the offensive line and was drafted by the Toronto Argos of CFL in 2017. His younger son, Sam, is an aspiring young football player at Henry Wise Wood and has assisted equipment manager Johnny Carr during training camp on several occasions. Paul is married to wife Sherry, and in addition to having sons Matt and Sam, has a daughter Lauren.
DR. NICK MOHTADI
The 2023 Connellan Award winner is a name familiar to coaches and players for the past three decades with the Dinos football program.
Dr. Nick Mohtadi has been with the Dinos football program since 1991. Regarded as one of the top orthopedic surgeons in North America, the Dinos football program is fortunate to have him as part of the Sports Medicine staff. He not only serves as a surgeon but a mentor to those in the Sports Medicine profession. As a member of the University of Calgary Sports Medicine staff, Dr. Mohtadi is a familiar person on the sidelines at football games. For the past 31 years he has always been available to make sure the players have the best possible care regardless the time of year.
Mohtadi has worked with the last four Dinos head coaches - Peter Connellan, Tony Fasano, Blake Nill, and Wayne Harris - each of whom has the utmost respect for his knowledge and professionalism. “Dr. Nick” as he is known to many, was the team doctor for the 1995 and 2019 National Championship teams and numerous Hardy Cup Championship teams. He is known for his excellent rapport with players, coaches, and the staff he works with.
An outstanding athlete in his own right, Nick was a former professional tennis player. He went to Oklahoma City University on a tennis scholarship before graduating from the University of Calgary’s School of Medicine in 1981.
“Dr. Mohtadi made a major contribution over three decades to the Dinos football program. He was available at all times for medical advice and decisions,” stated Connellan. “On game day, he was a 110% sideline fan providing instant feedback to the officials at no charge,” added Connellan.
Dr. Mohtadi is currently a Clinical Professor in the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health within the Cumming School of Medicine and an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology.
The Connellan Family Award is presented to an individual who has gone above and beyond duty in helping make the Dinos football program better. The Connellan Family Award is about TEAM (Together Everybody Achieves More). Dr. Nick Mohtadi has always been about the team