February 4, 2009 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Hamilton, Ontario - The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced today that the team has finalized its football operations staff by appointing Dennis Polian as Assistant General Manager and Coordinator of Player Personnel, Danny McManus as Southeast Regional Scout and retaining Richard Wade as Western Regional Scout.
Polian joined the Ticats last season as Director of Quality Control and also helped coach the Black and Gold\'s running backs. Prior to coming to Hamilton, Polian held administrative roles with the Arena Football League, Tulane University, Columbia University, Boston College and the NFL\'s Indianapolis Colts.
McManus becomes the Ticats Southeast Regional Scout after spending last season on the Ticats coaching staff as a coaching consultant, assisting with the offence. As a player, McManus spent eight seasons with the Ticats, breaking several team passing records including career passing yards (33,841) and career touchdown passes (164). In 1999, he enjoyed his finest season in Black and Gold, earning the CFL Most Outstanding Player award, was named both a CFL and East Division All-Star and was named Most Valuable Player in the team\'s 1999 Grey Cup victory.
Wade will continue his role as Western Regional Scout after joining the Ticats last season. Wade previously served as a scout with the B.C. Lions and Ottawa Renegades.
General Manager Bob O\'Billovich will oversee the football operations staff in his second season with the Ticats.
Under the new football operations structure, Dan Rambo will not return as Director of Player Personnel.