Kent Austin, Vice President of Football Operations and Head Coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, announced Thursday that Stefan Ptaszek has been named the team's offensive coordinator.
"Stefan is a smart, innovative coach with strong leadership qualities, integrity and a proven track record of success at the CIS level. He has a thorough understanding of the Canadian game, and his body of work with respect to producing top ranked, efficient and explosive offences at McMaster speaks for itself," said Austin. "He and his family are committed to the area and already entrenched in the Hamilton community. We are excited to have him on board as we continue to prepare for the upcoming season."
"I would like to thank Stef for all of his great work and dedication to McMaster University and the Marauders football program," said McMaster Director of Athletics and Recreation, Glen Grunwald. "He led the Marauders to our only Vanier Cup and to three Yates Cups, and for that McMaster will be forever grateful. We wish Stef much success and satisfaction in his new role in the CFL."
Ptaszek, 45, has spent the last 10 seasons as Head Coach at McMaster University, posting an overall record of 73 wins and 29 losses, including playoffs. During that span, he was named the OUA Coach of the Year twice (2012, 2014) and also recognized as the CIS Coach of the Year in 2012. Since taking over the program in 2006, his teams have made the playoffs in every season with three Yates Cup (OUA) Championships (2011, 2012, 2014), and, subsequently, three Vanier Cup appearances. Ptaszek became the first coach in school history to lead the Marauders to a national football championship by winning the Vanier Cup in 2011, and he led McMaster to the longest winning streak in CIS history with 21 consecutive victories spanning over the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
"To have a chance to support and learn from Coach Austin and the Tiger-Cats organization is a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Ptaszek. "The City of Hamilton is critical to this decision because my family has zero interest in ever leaving this wonderful community. I am extremely motivated and determined to be a positive force that adds value to the entire Ticat organization."
In 2015 under Ptaszek's watch, McMaster quarterback Asher Hastings set a new CIS record for TD passes in a season with 31. Two Marauder receivers also had significant success, as Dan Petermann set a team record with 61 receptions and Danny Vandervoort led the CIS with 12 touchdown receptions, also a new school record. McMaster placed 11 players on the OUA 1st and 2nd all-star teams, and saw Vandervoort named a 1st-team All-Canadian.
Ptaszek added, "I just want to thank Glen Grunwald, the entire McMaster University staff, students and our players for an amazing 10 years. Marauders football will always be a huge part of who I am and I will never forget what we accomplished."
Prior to joining the Marauders, Ptaszek spent three seasons (2003-05) as Offensive Coordinator at Wilfrid Laurier University, helping coach the Golden Hawks to a Vanier Cup in 2005. He also captured Halton region titles in 1995-96 and 1997-98 with the Burlington Nelson Lords.
As a player, Ptaszek played four seasons in the Canadian Football League with the B.C. Lions, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts. He was originally selected by the Lions and current Tiger-Cats General Manager, Eric Tillman, in the first round, ninth overall, in the 1994 CFL Draft. The 5-11, 175-pound receiver played university football at Wilfrid Laurier from 1990-1994 where he was a three-time All-Canadian and a member of the Vanier Cup Championship team in 1991. He was inducted into the Golden Hawk Hall of Fame in 1999, and still holds the Wilfrid Laurier record for career yardage and receptions.
Ptaszek holds an Honours Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier, Bachelors of Education from the University of Toronto, and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of British Columbia.