Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc., NCCP Level 3

Gino Arcaro has a unique 39-year professional career including policing, college teaching/program coordinating, published writing, strength training, business, and football coaching. He is the Head Coach of the Niagara X-Men, a collegiate club team formed in 2003 to compete in the USA against NCAA D3 JV teams and American community colleges.

Policing experience:

In 1975, he became a police officer with the Niagara Regional Police Force at age 18.

His 15 years of police experience included:

  • 9 years: uniform patrol branch as a patrol officer and SWAT team member (3 years) and
  • 6 years: detective in the criminal investigation branch.

College teaching/program coordinator experience:

20 years as professor, including 11 years as program coordinator, of two law enforcement programs at Niagara College, Welland, Ontario – Police Foundations and Law & Security Administration.

Football Coaching experience:

  • 40 seasons: five levels (high school, OVFL, CJFL, college and semi-pro)
  • 30 seasons as head coach including:
  • Hamilton Wildcats (semi-pro/senior), leading them to a 20-2 record during the team’s first two seasons which included a 9-0 American semi-pro season the first year
  • Hill Park High School (Hamilton, Ontario)
  • Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School (Hamilton, Ontario)
  • Port Colborne High School (Port Colborne, Ontario)
  • Niagara Colts (OVFL – under 20)
  • Oakville Longhorns (semi-pro/senior)
  • Niagara X-Men (USA community colleges and NCAA D-3 JV)
  • 9 seasons as defensive coordinator and special team’s coordinator with the Burlington Braves of the CJFL (22 years and under)

Writing/published literature:

International conferences

  • “Open-Admission teaching model'”: Teaching Conference: Concordia University, Montreal
  • “The reality of college teaching: Open-Admission strategies” New York City: College League of Innovation Conference.
  • “Interrogation: Best Practices Model”: crime conference, Brock University, St. Catharines Ont.

Strength Training

  • 45 years of strength training experience including 25 years as strength coach. Designed the X Fitness strength program and has coaching a wide range of athletes who have reached elite levels in football, hockey, mixed martial arts, power lifting, and bodybuilding.
  • Founder/president of X Fitness, a 24-hour access gym located in Welland Ont.

Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science, Master of Education, Partial PhD dissertation
  • Level 3 NCCP (National Coaches Certification Program)