Education, coaches top reasons why 4 commit to Mac

McMaster adds four Ontario commits to their 2019 class.

Zachary Mumby, a quarterback from McKinnon Park Secondary School, Andrew Burrows, an offensive lineman from M.M. Robinson High School, and Christian Fecteau, a defensive tackle from Holy Names Catholic High School

Receiver Jack St. Hilaire from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School will also be joining the Marauders.

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Zachary Mumby

For Zachary Mumby, McMaster covered all the bases. “First reason was the academic excellence and the value of having a degree from McMaster University,” he said. “From a young age both my mom and dad engrained into my brain that school is of the utmost priority, which ultimately played a large part in deciding McMaster.”

Courtesy of Zachary Mumby.

Mumby is interested in a variety of programs, including psychology, social sciences (neuroscience and behaviour), and humanities (justice, political philosophy and law).

Beyond academics, Mumby said he also chose the school because of the coaches and the facility. “After visiting McMaster, I knew immediately that McMaster would be my home for the next four to five years. The facilities are incredible and (are) only going to get greater and the coaching staff has experience and knowledge like no other program,” he said.

Continuing on with his praise of the coaches, he said they are “very intelligent, knowledgeable, determined and down-to-earth. They provided a very welcoming atmosphere when I went for my visit.”

When he spoke with Head Coach Ptaszek, Mumby said he could hear the experience and intelligence in his voice. “His personal accolades with winning Vanier Cups only helped show that he understands the game of football at a very high level,” Mumby said. “The coaching staff has also been very helpful. Whenever I need anything, I know I’ve got support and people there to help me.”

During the summer, Mumby, who is 6’0, 175lbs, played with the Hamilton Jr. Varsity Ti-Cats (OFL). Last summer he played with the Cambridge Lions (OPFL). He has been playing football with McKinnon Park Blue Devils (NSSAA) since grade ten. He was offensive MVP for the Ti-Cats in 2016. The following year he was special teams player of the year with the Blue Devils. Last season he was the Devils’ team MVP.

Andrew Burrows

Courtesy of Andrew Burrows.

When Andrew Burrows went on his visit, he knew that the Marauders were special. “I’ve chosen to commit to the school because when I went there, I could tell that the atmosphere with the players and coaches was about being the best you can be and that is something I like in a team,” he said.

“I could tell early on that the coaching staff isn’t just there to coach the team but to help the team succeed in all aspects of university (life). It showed how they care about the players and that was a big part in my decision,” he added.

The 6’4, 245lbs offensive tackle is interested in taking the justice, political philosophy and law program.

Burrows, who is from Burlington, Ontario, played for both the M.M. Robinson Rams (HSSAA) and the Oakville Titans in his six-year career. He was selected to be in the top ten athletes to go to Edmonton and participate in the Nissan Kickoff Project game.

Christian Fecteau

For Christian Fecteau, there was a two-fold reason as to why he chose McMaster. “The top reason I chose to commit to McMaster is the coaches and the education. Head Coach Ptaszek and Coach Brady are both great coaches with a lot of experience,” he said, “and the opportunity for an excellent education, I felt that Mac was the best option for me.”

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Fecteau is interested in the justice, political philosophy and law program.

Speaking more about the coaches, he said, “The coaching staff at Mac is great…they are very well experienced and I felt that we can be the best team in Canada with them on the sidelines.”

Fecteau’s career began in grade seven and he has been playing for seven years. He spent five years with the Holy Names Knights (WECSSAA) and four with the Essex Ravens (OPFL). The product of Windsor, Ontario, is a 2017 and 2018 OFSAA championship. He was also the 2017 WECSAA lineman of the year. He is a three-time all-city lineman in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Jack St. Hilaire

Jack St. Hilaire is from Guelph, Ontario, where he played with the Waterloo Region Predators (OFL) and the Guelph Jr. Gryphons (OFC). He attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School. Standing at 6’4, 205lbs, he has played as both a wide receiver and free safety.

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