McMaster Marauders go back to Stefan Ptaszek as head football coach

The Canadian Press
McMaster Marauders go back to Stefan Ptaszek as head football coach
McMaster Marauders go back to Stefan Ptaszek as head football coach

HAMILTON — Stefan Ptaszek is returning to the McMaster Marauders as head coach of the football team.

The Hamilton university hired Ptaszek, who guided the Marauders to a Vanier Cup win in 2011 and appearances in the national final in 2012 and 2014, for a second time on Wednesday. The position was vacant after the university fired coach Greg Knox in October following an investigation about an incident with an official that resulted in a one-game suspension.

Ptaszek was head coach of the Marauders from 2006-2015 before leaving to become offensive co-ordinator of the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats for two seasons. This past season, he served as offensive co-ordinator for the UBC Thunderbirds.

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The 47-year-old native of Burlington, Ont., won a Vanier Cup as offensive co-ordinator for the Laurier Golden Hawks, his alma mater, in 2005 before landing the top role at McMaster.

Prior to entering the coaching world, Ptaszek played four seasons as a receiver in the CFL with the B.C. Lions, Ticats and Toronto Argonauts.

"It is an honour and privilege to return to my McMaster home," Ptaszek said in a statement.

Two Ontario University Athletics schools — the Queen's Gaels and Windsor Lancers — still have head-coaching jobs to fill this off-season.

 

The Canadian Press

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