TRURO – Joe Taplin recently got his due.
The Truro native and Dartmouth resident was named Football Canada’s Gino Fracas Award winner as CIS assistant coach of the year. Taplin, an RCMP sergeant, has been a linebackers coach with the Saint Mary’s Huskies since 2002.
The national award goes to an assistant who provides endless hours improve the playing experience for players and to help his fellow coaches.
Taplin was already named AUS volunteer coach of the year for the second consecutive season earlier this month.
Taplin came up with the 13th player program, which saw the Huskies partner with the Special Olympics movement. A special Olympian is selected as the Huskies 13th player at each home game and leads the team onto the field.
He has also worked with local schools on anti-bullying campaigns and with Big Brothers Big Sisters.