Academics and family tradition bring 2 to Calgary

Dinos attract two Alberta commits.

David Mueller, a receiver from Lacombe High School, and Matt Ohler, a tight end from St. Francis High School, are ready to etch their names into the Calgary Dinos’ history books after signing with the team.

David Mueller

David Mueller signs his LOI. Courtesy of David Mueller.

David Mueller signs his LOI. Courtesy of David Mueller.

Future kinesiology student David Mueller was drawn to the University of Calgary because of their stance on academic support. The product of Lacombe, Alberta, which is north of Calgary, was also impressed with the Dino’s locker room. He said he chose to commit because of the outstanding environment among the coaches and players and the proximity to his family.

He added that, “The coaching staff have been nothing but welcoming, honest, and shown me the passion they have for the sport.”

In his career, the 6’0, 205lbs receiver has spent his time playing with Lacombe Minor Football and the Lacombe Rams (Central Alberta Schools Athletic Association.) He has been a CASAA offensive player and special teams player of the year. He was also a two-time Rams’ team MVP.

Matt Ohler

Being a Calgary Dino has been a family affair for Matt Ohler. His grandfather, Pete Ohler who played for the Washington Huskies (NCAA) and won a Grey Cup win the BC Lions, was once the quarterback coach. His father, Peter Ohler, played with the Dinos as a right guard, winning two Vanier Cups in 1983 and 1985.

Carrying on the family tradition was one of the reasons why Ohler decided to become a Dino. The St. Francis Browns’ player (Calgary Senior High School Athletic Association) also said, “I am happy to be joining my friends on UofC that have committed from Henry Wisewood and some of my fellow teammates at St. Francis that have already committed.”

When Ohler reaches the Dinos’ locker room, he will also have a few familiar faces amongst the coaching staff. He said that he loves the staff. Coach Matt Lambros, the Dinos’ receiver’s coach, coached him with the Calgary Cowboys. Coach Justin Chapdelaine, who is also a receiver’s coach, coached him at a recent football camp during the summer.

“Those two played a big part in my recruiting,” he said. “Also, Coach Harris and Coach Sheahan displayed a winning attitude, which attracted me to the program so much more.”

A muddied Peter Ohler (#45) playing with the Calgary Dinos. Courtesy of Matt Ohler.

A muddied Peter Ohler (#45) playing with the Calgary Dinos. Courtesy of Matt Ohler.

The 6’5, 215lbs tight end and slotback was born in Calgary. He played with the Calgary Cowboys (house league) under Yony Woodson and Tony Spoletini prior to moving to Vancouver. Once on the west coast, he played with the Vancouver College Irish (BC Secondary Schools Football Association) under Todd Bernett and Brian Taggart.

In grade ten, Ohler moved back to Calgary and resumed his career with the midget Cowboys (Calgary Area Midget Football Association). He also suited up for the St. Francis Browns under Coach Park.

In his 11-year career, he has won three city championships with the Cowboys in 2009, 2010 and 2015. He won a provincial championship with the peewee Cowboys in 2010. He also helped the Browns pull off back to back wins when he won cities in grade 10 and cities and provincials in grade 11 and 12.

“I’m very excited to start my journey with the Dinos and I’m very gracious for the opportunity they have blessed me with. I would like to thank Coach Sheahan, Chapdelaine, Lambros and Coach Harris for the opportunity,” Ohler said. He added that he is interested in taking earth science or psychology.

“Also, I would like to thank my coaches who have helped develop me over the years such as Tony Woodson, Tony Spoletini, Tyler Park, Sam Stambene, Joe Stambene, Brad Parkinson, Todd Bernett and Brian Taggart. To cap off, I would love to thank my parents and family who have supported me throughout this journey and help me develop into the man I am today.”

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