Volpe, Nick

volpeOne of the Argonauts’ most distinguished alumni, Volpe suited up for the Double Blue from 1949-52, where he was a member of the 1950 and 1952 Grey Cup-winning squads. Volpe handled the place-kicking duties, while also serving as back-up quarterback. Nick kicked two field goals in the infamous 1950 “Mud Bowl” which saw the Argos defeat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 13-0. Volpe played under legendary coaches Ted Morris (1949) and Frank Clair (1950-52), joining Clair’s staff as an assistant coach from 1953-56. In 1953,

Volpe helped coach the Argo farm team, Toronto Balmy Beach, taking them to the ORFU Championship. He also coached the Lakeshore Bears from 1955-1963. Volpe returned to the Argonauts organization in 1988 as Director of Player Personnel after retiring as superintendent of schools with the Peel Board of Education, and in 1994, Volpe took on the challenge of scouting the nation’s amateur and college ranks. He attended the University of Toronto, where he was inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame, and helped the Blues win the Yates Cup in 1948. In 1949, he began teaching and coaching at Port Credit Secondary School. After working with CFRB radio, Volpe served as an isolation director for CTV football telecasts from 1972- 1987. Nick was a part of 7 Grey Cup champion teams as an Argo (1950, 1952, 1991, 1996, 1997, 2004 and 2012) and never was part of a Grey Cup loss.

Nick sadly passed away on Aug. 23, 2021. He was 95.