Marauders’ head coach Stefan Ptaszek and former McMaster University head coach Greg Marshall have been selected as assistants for Canada’s entry in this year’s National Football League Global Junior Championship XI.
Canada will defend the title it won last year – beating beat the U.S. 10-0 in the championship final in Detroit – when the tournament is held Jan. 29 – Feb. 3 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as part of Super Bowl XLI events. Other countries participating are Japan, Mexico, France, Panama and the U.S.A. The South Florida select squad will represent the United States.
Glen Constantin, who led his Laval Rouge et Or to the Canadian Interuniversity Sports PotashCorp Vanier Cup title this year, is the Team Canada head coach.
Joining Ptaszek and Marshall, now head coach at the University of Western Ontario in London, are two other head coaches at Canadian universities with four offensive coaches, four defensive coaches and one special teams coach. Marshall will be the offensive line coach and Ptaszek will be the receivers coach.
Also on offence are Justin Éthier, offensive coordinator at Université Laval, as the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach; and Marco Iadeluca, offensive coordinator for the St-Léonard Cougars (CJFL), for the running backs.
On defence, Warren Craney, defensive coordinator at Concordia University, fills the same role with Team Canada; Blake Nill, head coach at the University of Calgary, handles the secondary; Marc Santerre, head coach at the Université de Montréal, is the defensive backs coach; and Randy Fournier, defensive line coach at the University of Ottawa, fills the same function with Team Canada.
Pat Tracey, defensive coordinator at Queen’s University, is the special teams coach.
More than 50 applicants applied for the positions.
Selection camps were held last week in Quebec and Ontario to identify players for a national camp set for Dec.16-17 at Rosemère, Que. More than 350 players, 19 years old and under, were evaluated at the camps held in Lachine and Guelph. More than 100 players from across the country are expected to attend the Rosemère camp.
Team Canada plans to field a 40-member team for the tournament.