Kevin Eiben takes over as the defensive coordinator for the McMaster Marauders Ontario University Athletics football team.
A name that is very familiar to Canadian football fans, Eiben moves into Canadian Interuniversity Sports coaching ranks after a stellar career as a linebacker for the Toronto Argonauts and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.
Drafted by Toronto out of Bucknell University in 2001, Eiben was named to the East Division All-Star team five times and was a three-time All-CFL selection. He was a member of Toronto’s Grey Cup championship winning squad in 2004.
After playing the 2012 season with Hamilton, Eiben announced his retirement as an active player and assumed a front office position with the Ticats as coordinator of premium seat marketing for the new Hamilton Stadium, slated to open in 2014.
“I am extremely excited to move into university coaching, especially with such a great program,” said the native of Delta, B.C. “I’m really looking forward to staying involved with football on the field and passing along my experience and what I’ve learned at the next level, which is what it’s all about.”
Eiben’s appointment comes after a thorough process conducted by head coach Stefan Ptaszek, after the departure of Greg Knox, who joined the staff at the University of Toronto in May.
“I am extremely confident that Coach Eiben will join our other defensive coaches (Mark Forsyth, Tom Pain, Frank Gesztesi and Carm Genovese) in pushing our student-athletes to new levels, both on and off the field,” said Ptaszek.
The Marauders start training camp for the 2013 OUA season on Aug. 15 and open regular season play at home on Sunday, Aug. 25 when the Ottawa Gee-Gees visit Ron Joyce Stadium.