Ex-Marauder re-unites with Mac coaches

Tom Flaxman has returned.

The former Marauders player and member of the 2003 Yates Cup championship team rejoins McMaster’s football coaching staff in the position of Director of Football Operations and Quality Control and Offensive Assistant for the Ontario University Athletics squad.

Greg Knox welcomes Tom Flaxman to the  McMaster football coaching staff.  (Photo: McMaster Athletics)

Greg Knox welcomes Tom Flaxman to the McMaster football coaching staff. (Photo: McMaster Athletics)

Flaxman spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at London’s Western University in the role of Recruiting Coordinator and Offensive Assistant for the Mustangs.

“I’m excited to welcome Tom to our McMaster family,” said Marauders’ interim head coach Greg Knox. “He brings a wealth of coaching experience in all three phases of the game and will work hard supporting our recruiting efforts. This is a great fit with our veteran staff and will provide an immediate boost to the program.”

Originally from Etobicoke, Flaxman served two seasons (2012, 2013) at the University of Toronto, where he was the Offensive Coordinator for the Varsity Blues, helping the team finish 4-4 for the 2013 season – their best record in 20 years. Also on the Toronto staff that season was Knox, who served as the Blues’ Defensive Coordinator.

“It’s very exciting to be back in the Marauder family, and get a little closer to home” said Flaxman, on trading in his purple for Maroon. “It was a tough decision to leave Western because of the great people they have there and the relationships you build. Coach (Greg) Marshall has been a friend and mentor, but this is a tremendous opportunity that was offered by Coach Knox and the university, and I’m happy to be part of it.”

Transferring to Acadia University for the final two seasons of his playing career, Flaxman helped the Axemen capture consecutive Atlantic University Sport (AUS) titles in 2005 and 2006. He stayed with the Axemen football program in a coaching role, acting as Running Back Coach in 2008, Special Teams Coordinator in 2009, and finally as Co-offensive Coordinator in 2011, in a season that saw Acadia claim the AUS Championship.

In addition to coaching in Canadian Interuniversity Sport, Flaxman brings extensive experience from coaching in the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL), and was selected to the 2014 Team Ontario Selects coaching staff as running back coach, and as an offensive assistant for Team Ontario at the 2015 Canada Cup.

Along with the addition of Flaxman, the Marauders confirmed that the entire coaching staff will be returning, including: Jon Behie, Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator; Joe Sardo, Defensive Coordinator; Rob Underhill, Special Teams Coordinator; and Frank Gesztesi, Recruiting Coordinator and Linebackers Coach.

The Marauders open the 2016 season Sunday, Aug. 28 versus Carleton at Ron Joyce Stadium. Football season tickets are now on sale; for information or to purchase visit

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