Football

Frank Cosentino

Frank Cosentino

As captain, a young Frank Cosentino helped lead the Mustangs to win the first ever Canadian intercollegiate football championship.

Born in Hamilton in 1937, Cosentino came to London in the fifties to earn an undergraduate degree and play quarterback for the Mustangs. As team captain, Cosentino lead his team to win the first ever Canadian intercollegiate football championship, beating out the Toronto Blues in 1959.

After leaving Western, Cosentino moved on to the CFL where he played with the Hamilton Tigercats for six years, making it to the Grey Cup championships twice. In 1967 he was traded to Edmonton then to Toronto in 1969.

Despite his CFL contract, Western was able to convince Cosentino to fill the head coaching position recently vacated by John Metras. Though he only stayed at Western for five seasons, Cosentino coached two national champion teams and helped revitalize the football program.

Upon leaving Western, Cosentino moved on to the University of Toronto where he served as a professor and Chair of Physical Education and Athletics. In the 1980s the former quarterback moved on to York University. He retired in 1997 as a Professor Emeritus and a senior scholar. Cosentino is well known for his books on the history of the CFL and Canadian sports.

A young Frank Cosentino in his Mustangs jersey.

After his time at Western Cosentino played professionally with the Hamilton Tiger Cats.

Cosentino's football cleats from his playing days in the 1950s.