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Stan Schwartz

Biography

Stan Schwartz was born and raised in southern Alberta near Medicine Hat. During the past five decades, he has committed his life work to local, provincial and national sports communities, as an athlete, coach, sports administrator and sports builder. Although Stan is best known for his position as President of the Calgary Stampeders Football Club and as the Senior Executive / Manager of McMahon Stadium, his contribution to sports extends well beyond these two prestigious positions. During this time, the Calgary Stampeders Football Club set team and CFL attendance records, staged successful Grey Cup Games and won Grey Cup Championships in 1992, 1998 and 2001. Stan Swartz is highly respected as one of the top sports executives in Canada.

During his tenure, McMahon Stadium became known as one of the best outdoor facilities in North America. Stan was instrumental in the development of McMahon Stadium from a pro sport facility to a multi-purpose sports facility. He managed the development of Calgary's first multi-disciplinary Sports Medicine Facility for use by amateur and professional athletes. Stan was a major player in the success of the XV Olympic Winter Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Stan coached bantam, high school, junior and university football prior to becoming an assistant coach with the Calgary Stampeders Football Club for eight years. The Calgary Senior High School Athletic Association in 2000 introduced a trophy in his name in recognition of over thirty years of support of high school football. The trophy is awarded annually to the top Calgary High School volunteer football coach.

Stan Schwartz's contribution as a sports builder has been recognized by the Calgary Booster Club as an Honoured Athletic Leader. He was inducted onto the Calgary Stampeders Football Club Wall of Fame in 2004 and selected as the Calgary Booster Club's 2004 Sportsman of
the Year.

Since Induction:

  • 2000 - Stan Schwartz Trophy (high school football) - for volunteer football coach
  • 2003 - Calgary Bantam Football Wall of Fame
  • 2004 - Calgary Stampeder Football Club Wall of Fame - Builder Category
  • 2004 - Calgary Booster Club Sportsman of the Year
  • 2005 - Alberta Centennial Salute for Sport and Recreation Award
  • 2009 - CFL Hugh Campbell Distinguished Leadership Award
  • 2009 - the Stan Schwartz Heart of a Champion Award was created by the Calgary Stampeder Football Club
  • 2010 - Medicine Hat Sports Wall of Fame
  • 2012 - Stan Schwartz was appointed Honorary Colonel of the 409 Tactical Fighter Squadron - Cold Lake, Alberta
  • 2015 - season, Stan has been involved with the Stampeders organization & McMahon Stadium for 39 years.
    - past-president of the Calgary Stampeder Football Club
    - former senior executive/manager of McMahon Stadium