Ex-Marauder to lead Alberta’s Griffins

Former McMaster Marauder Eric Magdanz has been named the head coach of the men’s basketball team at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton. The MacEwan Griffins compete in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference.

A player with McMaster from 2005 to 2009, Magdanz also spent one season as an assistant coach with the Marauders, while completing his degree in kinesiology.

A native of Lloydminster, Alberta he returned to his home province and has served as an assistant coach for the University of Alberta Golden Bears, while doing post-graduate studies. Magdanz was part of the Alberta staff that helped the Bears to the 2012 Canada West championship and the Canadian Interuniversity Sports men’s basketball final, where the team captured the silver medal.

In a release issued by the Grant MacEwan Athletic Department, Magdanz indicated he is looking forward to the new challenge.

“I am proud to join the MacEwan University Men’s Basketball Program. My goal is to produce elite student-athletes who are able to excel in academics and athletics while having a positive impact in the community. To accomplish this goal, we will build off the tradition of success and dedication that MacEwan University has built. I am excited to lead this program into the future.”

He is the second former Marauder this year to take over as men’s basketball head coach at a Canadian post-secondary institution, following Jamie Girolametto, who was named to the top spot at Redeemer University College in Ancaster earlier this summer.