Football Builder - Inducted 2005
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 Schwartz 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 sports 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 2000 introduced a trophy in his name in recognition of over thirty years of support for 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.
In 2009, the Stan Schwartz Heart of a Champion Award was created by the Calgary Stampeder Football Club and is presented annually "to three Calgary high school seniors who display life skills such as determination, pride, perseverance, dedication, leadership and integrity through their pursuit of excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community". Stan was inducted into the Medicine Hat Sports Wall of Fame on December 9, 2010. He was appointed Honorary Colonel of the 409 Tactical Fighter Squadron - Cold Lake, Alberta on January 20, 2012.
As of the 2015 season, Stan had been involved with the Stampeders organization & McMahon Stadium for 39 years. He retired from the Stampeders organization in early 2017. Stan was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2017 - the ceremony took place September 15, 2017 in Hamilton.
past-president of the Calgary Stampeder Football Club
former senior executive/manager of McMahon Stadium
Halls / Walls of Fame
2003 - Calgary Bantam Football Wall of Fame
2004 - Calgary Stampeder Football Club Wall of Fame - Builder Category
2005 - Alberta Sports Hall of Fame
2010 - Medicine Hat Sports Wall of Fame (December 9, 2010)
2017 - Canadian Football Hall of Fame
2000 - Stan Schwartz Trophy (high school football) - for volunteer football coach
2004 - Calgary Booster Club Sportsman of the Year
2005 - Alberta Centennial Medal
2005 - Alberta Centennial Salute for Sport and Recreation Award
2009 - CFL Hugh Campbell Distinguished Leadership Award
2012 - January 20 - Stan Schwartz was appointed Honorary Colonel of the 409 Tactical Fighter Squadron - Cold Lake, Alberta.