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Nick is entering his first year as the Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator of the HFA Junior Varsity Program. He has been the head coach for the HFA Bantam Program for the past 3 years. Last season, with the dedicated players and coaches the 2016 Bantam team ended its season 12-0, ranked #1 and a OFC Provincial Champion. For the past two years and current, Nick also serves as the linebacker coach for the Hamilton Hurricanes. The Hamilton Hurricanes this past season won the 2016 Provincial title. Nick coached for over 10 years for the Crusaders at St. Mary C.S.S. He has been playing and coaching football for the past 20 years at various levels. Nick started his career playing for Cathedral High School leading them as Captain to two undefeated city titles. Nick then played for the Burlington Braves for 3 years and led them as a Team Captain. Nick then moved on to the University of Guelph and finished his playing career at McMaster University.
Coach Lazar is a NCCP Football Coach Facilitator and also volunteers his time coaching at various player development camps
Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator
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The Junior Varsity Tigercats played in their second game of the 2017 season under theSaturday night lights. They
dominated in every aspect of the game. The Cats defence held strong all 4 quarters holding out the Gryphons from reaching the end zone. Sterling Seumarine snatched the ball out of the air from the Gryphons with the Cats only interception. The Tigercats defence held Guelph to only 60 yards in the air and 26 on the ground. The Cats offensive attack was lead by its running game that scored a total of 4 TDs by running backs Brayden Kelly, Jawaun Smith and Austin Talosi. The offense did not stop there; quarterback Daniel Eldridge connected with receivers Sabastian Masotti and Ryan Olgivie for 2 TDs. The Junior Varsity Tigercats head coach Nick Lazar seemed happy with the team’s performance and said the team is ready for its next challenge versus the Cambridge Lions
The Junior Varsity Tigercats had their 2017 season home opener in new OPFL in a exciting match up against the Ottawa Sooners. The Sooners defense gave the Ticats some issues during this first game. The Hamilton offence lead by QB Daniel Eldridge had just two rushing TD's by Jawaun Smith and Austin Talosi in the first half. The Ticats defense held strong with a bend but don't break attitude keeping the Sooners out of the end zone in the first half. The second half started with the Sooners coming out fighting and finally broke through the stiff Ticat defense with a pass from QB Wesley Tshimanga to Rec Tyler Clostre for their only TD of the day. The speed of the Ticats defense was too much for the Sooners as they gave up 6 sacks and numerous tackles for negative yards. The Hamilton offense was able to control the ball in the 4th quarter and run out the clock for the Ticats first win in the OPFL. Head coach Nick said "He was happy for the players that they won today's game but it was only the start their journey this season".
For 2017 it has been mandated by Football Canada that no player is allowed to participate in two simultaneous football seasons. However, the Tigercats are permitted to register players and those players are permited to attend practice to learn but they are prohibited from participating in practice or games until their High School seasons are over.
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