The Calgary Stampeders have hired Jay McNeil as the team’s new vice-president of business operations. He will start his new role with the club in the first week of October.
“With his history as a decorated member of the Stampeders and his extensive business and sales experience since retiring as a player, Jay is an excellent addition to the organization,” said Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel in a statement. “I’m very pleased that Jay is back with the Red and White and I know he will be a tremendous asset to the team.”
The 52-year-old played along Calgary’s offensive line for 14 seasons (1994-2007) and was named a West Division all-star six times. He won the Grey Cup as a member of the Stampeders in 1998 and 2001.
“The Stampeders have a giant place in my heart and I am incredibly grateful to be given the opportunity to join the organization in this capacity,” said McNeil. “I am passionate about the game of football, the CFL, and the Calgary Stampeders, so it gives me chills to be a part of this team again. I look forward to working with a great team and continuing to build upon the tremendous success of this organization.”
The club indicated that McNeil will oversee their business operations in his new role while working closely with Hufnagel and serving as one of the team’s representatives at the league level.
The native of London, Ont. started a successful business career in Calgary following his retirement from the CFL, working for Trinidad Drilling, Tervita, Secure Energy, and Cleantek Industries. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Kent State University and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Fredericton.
He previously served as a trustee for the CFL Players Pension Plan and as vice-president of the Canadian Football League Players’ Association.