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[WATERLOO,ON] – Following last week’s appointment of Gary Jeffries as Manager of Football Operations and Head Coach, the Laurier Athletic Department continues to build on their plan to “Invest in People, Improve the Product and Win.”

Today, Gary Jeffries added some purple and gold to his football coaching staff by announcing two new members to the offensive unit. Bob Stacey ‘80 has been named the Quality Control Coach for the Offence and Stefan Ptaszek ‘94 as the Offensive Coordinator for the team. Both men, along with Jeffries are products of Nelson High School in Burlington. These two individuals, along with Wally Gabler will provide the leadership under Gary Jeffries for the Laurier Coaching Staff.

“We have completed putting the final pieces of the puzzle in place with the appointment of Bob Stacey and Stefan Ptaszek”, announced Jeffries, “Both men will assist us in bringing back the offensive side of the ball to national prominence.”

“I’m excited to be part of this coaching staff”, said Stacey. “It’s great to be involved in a program that is supported from the administration on down.” After a career as a Hawk from 1976-80, Stacey has captured numerous championships at the high school level, including two OFSAA Metro-Bowl Championships, and looks forward to re-joining the Hawks.

Ptaszek also expressed his thoughts on joining the team. “I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to work with this talented staff”. In working with this Coaching Staff he also looks “forward to working with the quality student athletes who are a part of it.” Ptaszek is a former Laurier All-Canadian and member of the Golden Hawk Hall of Fame.

The new coaching staff is an assembly of alumni of Burlington’s Nelson High School. Both Gary Jeffries and Stefan Ptaszek were students of the school while Bob Stacey was a teacher-coach for over 20 years.

Bob Stacey – Quality Control Coach – Offense
Bob joins the Golden Hawks Coaching Staff after a very successful high school coaching career. This former Hawk played for Laurier from 1976-1980 as a safety for a team that competed for the Yates Cup in all four years of his career, and captured the Ontario Championship in 1978.
After graduating from Laurier, Bob joined Nelson High School as a Physical Education Teacher in 1982 and was promoted as the Athletic Director in 1998. Throughout his career at Nelson, Bob has captured numerous championships including an OFSAA Gold Medal in Basketball in 2001 and an OFSAA Metro-Bowl Title in Football in 1997 and 1999. Bob is the lone Coach to have captured an OFSAA title in both Basketball and Football.
Bob presently resides in Burlington with his wife Joanne and three children, Brock, Zack, and Natalie.

Career Highlights:
1976-1980 - Safety with the Golden Hawks
1976-1980 - Member of the team that competed in the Yates Cup
1978 - Member of the Yates Cup Championship Team
1980 - Graduated from WLU with a Physical Education/Geography degree
1981 - Bachelor of Education from Western
1982-1998 - Physical Education Teacher at Nelson High School
1998 - Athletic Director, Nelson High School
1997 & 1999 - Captured the OFSAA Metro-Bowl Football Title
2001 - Captured the OFSAA Gold Medal in Senior Boys Basketball

Stefan Ptaszek – Offensive Coordinator
Stefan joins the Golden Hawk Coaching Staff after an outstanding career with the Hawks from 1990-94. Following graduation in 1994 with an honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Stefan then pursued a CFL career with B.C. and Hamilton, before retiring to attend teachers college at the University of Toronto in 1996. Following completion of his Bachelor of Education degree, he then taught at Southwood Secondary in Cambridge for 3 years, during which time he re-joined the CFL, this time with the Toronto Argonauts in 1999. After two seasons with the Argos, Stefan then traveled to the University of British Columbia to take his MBA. Stefan completed his MBA in Finance in 2002 and has most recently been working as a financial analyst with the accenture in Toronto.
During Stefan’s various academic and job commitments, Stefan always found time to feed his love of coaching. As an assistant coach with the Nelson Lords of Burlington in 1995-96, as the offensive coordinator with Southwood in 1997-98 that captured a Waterloo County Title, and as a receivers coach with Laurier, and most recently as the Special Teams Coordinator/Co-Offensive Coordinator with the UBC Thunderbirds.
Stefan presently resides in Toronto, Ontario with his fiancé Karen Zylak. Karen is a producer for TSN.

Career Highlights:
1990-94 - Receiver with the Laurier Golden Hawks
1990-94 - Laurier’s All-Time leading receiver in yards and receptions
1990-94 - Named a CIAU All-Canadian three times
1991 - Member of the Vanier Cup Championship Team
1994 - Drafted by the B.C. Lions in the 1st Round
1999 - Inducted into the Laurier Golden Hawk Hall of Fame

Laurier Golden Hawks Football Coaching Staff
Gary Jeffries
- Manager of Football Operations/Head Coach
- Defensive Coordinator

Wally Gabler
- Special Teams Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator
- Defensive Backs Coach

Blaine Beck
- Defensive Line Coach

Bob Taylor
- Defensive Scout Team Coordinator
- Assistant Defensive Back Coach

Clarke Eady
- Offensive Scout Team Coordinator
- Assistant Defensive Line Coach
- Equipment Manager

- Linebackers Coach

Bob Stacey
- Quality Control Coach
- Runningbacks Coach

Stefan Ptaszek
- Offensive Coordinator

Brian Canton
- Offensive Line Coach

Jamie Hitchen
- Offensive Line Assistant Coach

- Receivers and Quarterback Coach

Andy Playter
- Strength and Conditioning Coach
- Athletic Therapist

Chuck Classen
- Assistant Equipment Manager

For more information contact:
Gary Jeffries
Manager of Football Operations/Head Coach
519-884-0710 ext. 2180

Wally Gabler – 519-589-9511
Stefan Ptaszek – 647-224-5471
Bob Stacey – 519-466-0490
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