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Biography / March 27, 2012

Mr. Stan Schwartz, Executive Vice-President of the Calgary Stampeder Football Club, was appointed Honorary Colonel of 409 Tactical Fighter Squadron, Cold Lake, Alberta in January 2012.

Honorary Colonel Schwartz, a life-long Alberta resident, was born and completed his High School Education in Medicine Hat before attaining a Bachelor of Physical Education and Education Degree from the University of Calgary. In 1972, he enrolled at Indiana State University where he coached varsity football and received a Master’s Degree in Sports Medicine.

From 1961 to 1963 he was a member of the South Alberta Light Horse (RCAC) - Young Soldier Training Plan, Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Honorary Colonel Schwartz spent a number of years as a teacher, counsellor and athletic coach. Over the years, he coached high school and community football and wrestling. In 1976, he began his march towards four Grey Cup Championships by joining the Calgary Stampeder Football Club with whom he served eight years as an Assistant Coach. This was followed by a position as Senior Executive/Manager of The McMahon Stadium Society from 1982-1994. He and the McMahon Stadium staff were major players in the success of the XV Olympic Winter Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Honorary Colonel Schwartz returned to the Stampeders in 1995 and has served in a range of positions including President from 1996 to and including 2003 through to his present position as Executive Vice-President and Consultant to the Executive Committee.

Over the past five decades he has committed his life’s work to local, provincial and national sports communities as an athlete, coach, sports administrator and sports builder. He is highly respected as one of the top sports executives in Canada.

Over the years Honorary Colonel Schwartz has been recognized for his participation and involvement in the sport of Canadian football. Some of the accolades include the 2004 Calgary Booster Club Sportsman of the Year and the induction onto the Calgary Stampeder Football Club’s Wall of Fame; induction into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fameand Museum; the recipient of the Alberta Centennial Medal and the recipient of the Alberta Centennial Salute for Sport and Recreation Award in 2005. In celebration of Alberta’s Centennial, the Alberta Centennial Salute For Sport and Recreation Award was established to identify, honour and celebrate 100 individual Albertans for their outstanding contributions to the overall development of sport and recreation in Alberta during the province’s first 100 years; in 2009 Honorary Colonel Schwartz received the Canadian Football League’s Hugh Campbell Distinguished Leadership Award “in recognition of leadership that has strengthened the Canadian Football League, contributions that have improved our game, and an example that inspired us all”; and induction into the Medicine Hat Sports Wall of Fame in 2010. In 2007, he received the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow Award “in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.”

Honorary Colonel Schwartz is the only man from Medicine Hat, Alberta, to ever make it to the coaching, senior executive and presidency ranks in the Canadian Football League.

Honorary Colonel Schwartz and his wife Shirley reside in Calgary, where he is a volunteer with the Greater Calgary Amateur Football Association and associated with various charities associated with the Calgary Stampeder Football Club.

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