TRURO - Truro native Joe Taplin has been named the AUS volunteer coach of the year
as the football conference recently announced its 2012 award winners.
Taplin, now a Dartmouth resident and RCMP sergeant, is a linebackers coach for the Saint Mary's Huskies.
In his 10 years with the program, Taplin has helped several players move on to the CFL and has been with the Huskies for a Vanier Cup, two other national championship appearances and seven conference titles.
He is also responsible for forming the 13th player program where a Special Olympics athlete is an honourary 13th player for the Huskies and leads the team onto the field at each home game. He has also associated the team with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and anti-bullying campaigns.