Basketball (M)

Eric Magdanz named MacEwan University Griffins basketball coach

Aug 10 2012

MacEwan University and MacEwan University Griffins are proud to announce the hiring of Eric Magdanz as head coach of the men’s basketball program.

“Eric’s academic credentials and his overall development as a coach support his inclusion as a member of the Griffins family. His strong values are the backbone of his leadership style and he possesses a tremendous work ethic that will be instilled in his players,” said Director of Athletics Ken Schildroth. “His McMaster and University of Alberta roots will also position us well for the future development of the Griffins program.”

Magdanz began his coaching career as an assistant coach at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario where he wore the Marauders maroon during his four year playing career for the accomplished head coach Joe Raso. Eric was also a former assistant and interim head coach with the University of Alberta, and a key member of the Bears 2011-12 Canada West Universities Athletic Association championship winning staff that went on to finish the season with a Canadian Interuniversity Sport silver medal.

Active in the sporting community, the Lloydminster, Alberta native is currently an assistant coach of Team Alberta’s U17 men’s basketball team and has been credited as a founding member and Technical Director of the Jr. Bears program, supporting youth athlete development in the Edmonton community.

Demonstrating his value of education, Madganz was a two-time Academic All-Canadian at McMaster where he graduated with a Bachelor of Kinesiology and will complete his master’s degree in athlete health and coaching in the spring of 2013. Eric also boasts a strong background in strength and conditioning, working as a coordinator for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams at the University of Alberta. He recently presented at the American College of Sports Medicine annual general meetings in San Francisco, California on his research in the ability of preseason musculoskeletal and fitness measure to predict time to injury in varsity athletes.

"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," said Madganz of his joining the program and his future vision for the program.