Marcello Campanaro from M.M. Robinson high school in Burlington is this year’s recipient of the High School Football Coaching Achievement Award. The award is presented by T.Litzen Sports Ltd., in Dundas through the McMaster University Football Program.
For the last 23 years, Campanaro has been a positive force in support of high school football, not only at his school, but across Halton and beyond. He has enjoyed tremendous success on the field winning numerous championships and has been a leader in preparing players to advance to the next level. More than 50 of his graduates have are or have played in the U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association and Canadian Interuniversity Sports ranks. Eight of those have played in the Canadian Football League.
An innovator in the areas of strength and conditioning, Campanaro has also coached hockey and track athletes, and has brought his coaching expertise to the highest levels, working with the McMaster Marauder program and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL.
Repeatedly cited by peers and players for outstanding leadership, mentorship, and dedication to his sport, Campanaro stands as an exemplary role model for young athletes. His enthusiasm and drive to achieve has impacted hundreds of high school players over his career.
The award, which recognizes outstanding leadership and contributions to the development of high school football in the greater Hamilton area, will be presented at the McMaster Football Gala Dinner on April 26. Along with the award, Campanaro will receive a $1,000 voucher from T.Litzen Sports to be used for the purchase of equipment for the M.M. Robinson football program.
Candidates for the award are nominated from Hamilton, Halton, Niagara, and Haldimand, and selection is based on long-term service to high school football, positive impact made on players and the community, and commitment to excellence on and off the field.