Ticats bench boss to help coaches develop Canadian QBs

Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach, George Cortez, will discuss quarterback development at this year’s Football Canada Coaches Association convention on March 24 – 25 at Corpus Christi Secondary School in Burlington.

A longtime quarterback coach and offensive coordinator who has had success in the CFL, NFL and NCAA, Cortez will draw on his experience to help coaches develop Canadian passers.

The FCCA Convention is a coaching development opportunity which features presentations from some of the premier minor, junior, Canadian and American university, as well as the Canadian Football League and National Football League coaches.

Cortez joins the Ticats after two seasons coaching in the NFL as Buffalo Bills’ quarterbacks coach. He has 18 seasons of CFL coaching experience with four teams, winning four Grey Cups and four years in the NCAA as Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach with the University of California.

During his time at Cal, Cortez helped mentor first round NFL draft picks Aaron Rogers and Kyle Boller. Rogers has had tremendous success in the NFL, winning Super Bowl XLV with Green Bay and being named Super Bowl MVP. During Cortez’s tenure, Cal’s offense registered three of their four highest scoring seasons in school history and Pac-10 rushing titles in ’03 an ’04. In 2004, Cal’s offense finished with the fifth-most offensive yards per game (492.4) in the nation and seventh in points scored (36.8).

Cortez’s most recent CFL stint came from 2007 – 09 with the Calgary Stampeders, serving as Offensive Coordinator and Associate Head Coach. During three seasons, the Stamps finished near the top of most offensive categories. Under Cortez’s direction, the Stamps won the 2008 Grey Cup over Montreal where West Division Most Outstanding Player, Henry Burris threw for 443 in the game and registered 5,094 yards and 39 TDs during the season.

During his two terms guiding Calgary’s offense, Cortez played an integral role in the development of QBs Jeff Garcia, Dave Dickenson and Henry Burris. All three would go on to play in the NFL with Jeff Garcia earning a Pro Bowl selection with the 49ers.

For more information regarding the FCCA Convention, including online registration please visit www.FCCA.ca or www.footballcanada.com.

The FCCA was created to help coaches across Canada develop skills and knowledge of Canadian football including leadership, nutrition, strength and conditioning, and game related health issues. The FCCA is a compliment to the Football Canada National Coaching Certification Program.