Here is the official press release put out moments ago. Tatham replaces Amos Connolly who will remain with the program and the coaching staff, specifically assuming the role of Recruiting Coordinator and Player Development Specialist as a member of Tatham’s staff. The press release contains further details on Connolly’s role with the Marauders including comments from the former coach as well as Athletic Director Glen Grunwald.
Tatham led Ryerson to the 2016 CIS Final 4 in Vancouver where, after an overtime victory in the first round vs. UBC, the Rams were defeated by eventual national-finalist Calgary Dinos in the semi-finals. The Brampton, ON native spent this past season on the staff of former Lakehead Head Coach Scott Morrison, who is now Head Coach with the Maine Redclaws, the Boston Celtics D-League affiliate program.
The Marauders have suffered major personnel losses over the past two seasons including the graduation this past season of two fifth-year regulars: 6’4″ Rohan Boney and 6’4″ Lazar Kojovic. In addition, 6’7″ Connor Gilmore, an OUA 1st Team All-Star, has announced that he will be transferring to uOttawa Gee-Gees. As well, reserve wing 6’2″ Elliot Ormond has graduated his academic program after 4 seasons and will not be returning. These four players represent almost 110 minutes per game of floor time.
6’2″ rising fourth-year senior David McCulloch, who played almost 37 mpg this past season at the point, is scheduled to return as are a pair of rising third-year juniors: 6’8″ Matt Quiring and 6’1″ Chris Thompson, who suffered through an injury plagued sophomore season.
After an impressive start to the pre-season that saw McMaster ranked as high as #3 in the U-Sport National Top 10 rankings as late as November, Marauders limped to the finish line this past season, winning just 2 of their final 8 before an upset win at Windsor in the first round of the OUA playoffs. Marauders were then defeated by 39 points at Carleton in an OUA quarter-final playoff in Ottawa, which turned out to be Connolly’s final game as Marauders Head Coach.
Tatham will hit the ground running in an attempt to re-tool the Marauders roster and with his contacts in the GTA and now state-side, many are expecting McMaster to continue to vie for a spot at/near the top of the OUA West standings.