Randy Chevrier: Director
Randy Chevrier has had a very long and successful career in professional football. Randy began playing football at 18 and then went on to McGill University where he received All Canadian Honors 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 Chevrier may have been the best long snapper in CFL history winning 3 Grey Cups, 1 with the Edmonton Eskimos and 2 with the Calgary Stampeders. Chevy also was co-host of the radio show on the FAN 960 called “Chevy and Nasty Show.”
We at the Canadian Football Academy are pleased and proud that Randy will be actively involved in the Academy as Director of Community, Public and Sponsorship Relations.
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Tom Higgins: Canadian Football Academy CEO
Tom Higgins has had an illustrious playing and coaching career in the sport of football. Tom was an All American defensive lineman at North Carolina State being coached by the legendary Lou Holtz. After Tom's career at North Carolina State he played for the Calgary Stampeders, then with the Buffalo Bills of the NFL, before finishing his playing career with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL.
His playing days over, Tom became the special teams coach and defensive coordinator of the University of Calgary Dinos and helped the Dinos win their first National Championship. 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. Tom was Head Coach/GM for four seasons with the Eskimos, winning both the Grey Cup and CFL Coach of the Year. Tom then rejoined the Calgary Stampeders as Head Coach/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 Head Coach 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. We are very honored and blessed to have such an outstanding individual leading the academy and we are certain you will enjoy him and learn from his exceptional coaching.
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Drew Carpenter: Director
Drew Carpenter has over 2 decades of combined playing and coaching experience. Drew is a proud University of Calgary alumnus, having competed for 6 seasons with the Dinos from 2001 - 2006. He played multiple positions as a Corner, Wide-receiver, Kick-returner and Holder, achieving conference all-star honors in his final season on defense. Drew remains active as an alumnus, serving as a director of the 5th Quarter Alumni Association. He completed a Bachelor of Kinesiology with a major in Mind Sciences during his studies.
Drew’s coaching experience is also closely linked to the Dinos Football Program. Drew began coaching at the Dinos Development camps during the summers of his playing career. He spent 5 seasons as assistant Defensive Backs coach from 2008 – 2012 with the Dinos, winning 5 consecutive conference championships and participating in 2 Vanier cups. He also coached for the Junior Henry Wisewood Warriors and Calgary Midget Bulldogs, winning city championships with both teams.
After a few years hiatus from football to start a young family, Drew is excited to be back on the field, in the gym and classroom. We at the Canadian Football Academy are pleased and proud that Drew will be actively involved in the Academy as Director of Systems, and strength and conditioning coordinator.
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Bruno Lindia: Director
Bruno Lindia is a University of Ottawa graduate and has been coaching football for over 25 years at all levels. He has enjoyed working primarily with amateur athletes and coaches. Bruno is the creator and co-founder of the Hall of Fame Coaching Program, which focuses on the accountability of coaching behavior 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 Discussion 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. We at the Canadian Football Academy are 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.