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Varsity Head Coach & acting HFA President Rob Underhill was selected as the 2019 Seymour Wilson Award recipient for his long-standing commitment and service to the Hamilton football community.
This award, named after Seymour Wilson, a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and long-serving Hamilton official, is one of HFOA’s most prestigious. Every year, the HFOA
executive identifies someone who has had a remarkable and long-lasting impact on this city’s football community and who represents the values of the association. Past recipients of this award have served the football community in various roles: coach, administrator, official and builder.
The HFOA membership has seen the passion coach Underhill has for the game of football and its people. We
have also observed the respect he shows towards all people involved with this great game; including officials. More importantly, through his involvement with the Hamilton Ironmen, the Hamilton Varsity Ti-Cats, the Hamilton Hurricanes, and the
McMaster Marauders, and the Steel City Bowl, he has had a direct and positive impact on the lives of so many young people. This is a true and real case of exemplary leadership in this
2019 Seymour Wilson Award
" It is a definite honor" explained coach Underhill, "especially receiving the award from former McMaster team mate - QB Ben Chapdelaine". Coach Underhill was notified of his award right before the opening kick off of the Steel City Bowl All-Star Game. "I was overwhelmed and surprised. I had no idea. When the referees were approaching me, I thought there was something wrong or some sort of issue. I love Football, I love Hamilton and I love its people. Any success I or the HFA has - I attribute to the amazing local volunteers and coaches that contribute day in and day out. I look forward to continually grow football with the help of our local football referees".
The HFA Tigercats is a not-for profit Organization specializing in preparing and developing local football players to the next level. All Tigercat coaches and staff are unpaid volunteers which ensures that all generated funds are allocated directly to the players, teams and operational costs. The HFA goes to great lengths in hiring the best available coaches and volunteers in the region from the CFL, CIS, High Schools and local community in order to provide each player with the best possible experience. The Tigercat teams participate in the Ontario Premier Football League (OPFL) which is the most competitive youth football league in Ontario giving each player the ability to compete with the best players across the province. It is here that players will begin to master the fundamentals of football and begin to expand their football acumen. As they develop through the system they will be challenged with in depth concepts and philosophies which will improve their chances for success at the High school, Rep, Junior and University Football programs. We welcome all athletes across the region to join the Tigercat family and take part in an amazing experience where although the football may only last a season; the friendships, life lessons and memories will last an eternity.