November. 21, 2012, TORONTO (CIS) – McMaster’s Stefan Ptaszek was named coach of the year in CIS football on Wednesday evening, while Zach Androschuk from the University of Guelph received the Russ Jackson Award recognizing excellence in football, academics and citizenship.
Ptaszek and Androschuk were honoured in front of a sold-out crowd of over 400 guests during the AMJ Campbell All-Canadian Awards Banquet held at Ontario Place.
More CIS hardware will be handed out on Thursday night during the Gibson’s Finest CFL Player Awards at Koerner Hall, including the Hec Crighton Trophy (outstanding player of the year), Presidents’ Trophy (defensive MVP), J.P. Metras Trophy (outstanding down lineman) and Peter Gorman Trophy (rookie of the year).
The 48th Vanier Cup final between the Laval Rouge et Or and McMaster Marauders is set for Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Rogers Centre, live on TSN and RDS. Pre-game coverage on TSN starts at 7 p.m.
As a prelude to the big showdown, TSN will also air a documentary on Thursday evening at 7:30, entitled “Best Game… Ever: The 47th Vanier Cup”, which takes a look back at the memorable 2011 CIS final, which also featured McMaster and Laval.
For more information, visit: www.vaniercup.ca or www.cis-sic.ca.
FRANK TINDALL TROPHY – Stefan Ptaszek (McMaster)
Ptaszek joins Greg Marshall (2000) and Bernie Custis (1982) as the only McMaster head coaches to merit the Frank Tindall Trophy.
In his seventh campaign at the helm, the 41-year-old guided his troops to the program’s first 8-0 regular season since 2003. A year after claiming their first-ever national title, the Marauders resumed their domination in conference play as they led the OUA in six of eight major statistical categories, including points scored (45.6 per game), total yards (582.5), passing offence (370.0), fewest points against (15.6), fewest total yards allowed (340.2) and best rush defence (104.6). Going into Friday’s Vanier Cup final, the Hamilton powerhouse has won a CIS-record 21 consecutive league and playoff games dating back to Week 3 of the 2011 schedule.
Ptaszek has led the Marauders to the post-season in each of his seven years as bench boss, including back-to-back Yates Cup banners and the 2011 Vanier Cup triumph. He heads into Friday’s contest with a 51-19 (.729) overall record since taking over the program, including a 42-14 (.750) mark in league play and 9-5 (.643) in the playoffs.
A native of Burlington, Ont., Ptaszek began his CIS journey as a star receiver at Wilfrid Laurier University (1990-94), where he was a three-time all-Canadian and earned his first of three Vanier Cup rings in 1991. Following a four-year CFL career with BC, Hamilton and Toronto, he embarked on his coaching career at the high school level and then returned to CIS as UBC’s special teams coordinator. He then returned to his alma mater and helped guide the Golden Hawks to the 2005 Vanier Cup title in his third and final season as offensive coordinator.
“There is no doubt that the heart and soul of McMaster Marauder football is Stefan Ptaszek,” said Jeff Giles, director of athletics and recreation at McMaster. “His energy, passion, and most importantly his commitment to the success of each and every student-athlete have securely positioned this program among the elite in this country. For Stefan to be recognized as the CIS coach of the year is a tremendous accomplishment and a true honour that everyone at McMaster is very proud of.”
- AUS: Jeff Cummins, Acadia
- RSEQ: Glen Constantin, Laval
- CWUAA: Blake Nill, Calgary
RUSS JACKSON AWARD – Zach Androschuk (Guelph)
Androschuk is the first member of the Gryphons to receive the Russ Jackson Award since the inception of the trophy in 1986.
On the field, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound defensive back is a two-year captain of the special teams unit and a four-year starter who won the team’s Kyle Walters Trophy in 2011 for being the best-prepared player on the Guelph roster. This fall, in his fifth and final CIS season, he ranked sixth on the team with 30.5 tackles in eight league games and also had one interception and a fumble recovery as the Gryphons took second place in the OUA with a program-best 7-1 record.
In the classroom, the Sarnia, Ont., native has been named to the Dean’s Honour Roll and has achieved Academic All-Canadian status each of his first four years on the Guelph campus. In 2011, he held an 84.6 per cent academic average while majoring in biomedical sciences and won the University’s President’s Award for excellence in the classroom and on the field. He graduated with distinction in April of 2012 and is currently completing a minor in neuroscience. He has already been accepted to Western University’s medical school.
In addition, Androschuk plays an important role in many community circles. His life was forever changed six years ago when one of his closest friends was severely hurt when wrestling with him and unfortunately became a quadriplegic. They have remained very close while working together on an organization called ‘It Happens’. They have managed to take an unfortunate event and turn it into a positive contribution to touch the lives of others. Androschuk has also been instrumental in organizing the first “Guelph Wheels in Action”, a spinal cord injury fundraiser held at the University of Guelph. He has volunteered as a Brain Day Director, a nationwide outreach initiative where university students present to Grades 4-6 on brain and spinal cord anatomy. His other efforts include volunteering in the St. Joseph’s Hospital spinal rehabilitation unit, participating in the “Big Brothers Bowl for Kids’ Sake” fundraiser, and serving as a “Believe to Achieve” motivational speaker to high school students.
“Zach has a commitment to excellence both on the field and in the classroom that embodies the spirit and dedication of a student-athlete destined for great things,” said Guelph head coach Stu Lang. “He has shown tremendous leadership skills as well as an incredible maturity and self-awareness in recognizing the impact he can have not only as an athlete and teammate but also as an ambassador and champion within the community.”
- AUS: Matt Albright, Saint Mary’s (offensive tackle / science)
- RSEQ: David Haddrall, Bishop’s (receiver / natural sciences)
- CWUAA: Brett Jones, Regina (guard / engineering & applied science)