The University of Calgary Dinos announced today that former Calgary Stampeder Jabari Arthur has been named receivers coach for the 2017 Canada West football season.
Arthur made his debut at McMahon Stadium Friday morning as the Dinos kicked off their annual Spring Camp. The Dinos, who captured their 16th Hardy Cup title and made the program’s 10th Vanier Cup appearance last season, will be on the field all weekend, culminating with Sunday’s scrimmage beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Arthur replaces Justin Chapdelaine, who moved to the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes in the off-season.
“Jabari has a great passion for football and coaching, and great enthusiasm,” said Dinos Head Coach Wayne Harris. “His experience as a pro is so valuable to developing young athletes, and we’re looking forward to what he can bring to the room.”
A native of Montreal, Arthur joined the Calgary Stampeders in 2008, winning the Grey Cup title that season. Through his seven-year CFL career, he played 81 games – all with the Stamps – hauling in 97 receptions for 1,162 yards and six touchdowns.
“It’s a pretty awesome opportunity for me,” said Arthur. “Playing football I always had something to hunt and chase after, and getting out of football I missed that feeling of getting after something and the whole locker room environment. Coming back here with a great organization gives me that opportunity again, and this is a great team, so I’m pretty excited to be here.
“Every moment I have been here I’ve learned something new – whether it’s Xs and Os or the pace of the practice. The coaching staff has been really good to me, and I’m just going to do my part.”
A graduate of Montreal’s Vanier College, he played four seasons for the University of Akron.
Arthur is one of five Stamps alums on the Dinos staff as he joins Wayne Harris Jr. (head coach), Greg Vavra (quarterbacks coach), Kent Warnock (defensive line coach) and J.T. Hay (kickers coach).
The Dinos, who captured their 16th Hardy Cup title and made the program’s 10th Vanier Cup appearance last season, begins its annual Spring Camp Friday morning at McMahon Stadium. The weekend wraps up Sunday with the annual scrimmage, beginning at 12:30 p.m.