After a nationwide search, Steve Sumarah became the 13th head coach of the Ravens varsity football program and the first since the team’s revival.
Sumarah, who coached in the AUS conference for 17 years, came to Carleton after spending his final six seasons in Atlantic Canada as head coach of the Saint Mary’s University Huskies. During that time, he boasted an overall regular season record of 35-12, an impressive 0.745 win percentage.
He led the Huskies to four consecutive AUS titles (2007-2010), a Uteck Bowl championship and a trip to the Vanier Cup (2007), and was named the AUS coach of the year three times along the way (2007-09).
After leading the Huskies to their third straight conference championship in 2009, Sumarah became the third SMU coach to receive the Frank Tindall Trophy as CIS football coach of the year.
Before he became head coach of the Huskies program, Sumarah was the offensive coordinator at SMU from 1998-2005. He helped the team earn a record of six consecutive AUS titles (1999-2004), four Vanier Cup berths (1999, 2001-03) and win two national championships (2001-02).
While at SMU, Sumarah was actively involved in the community. Among his numerous initiatives, Sumarah played a leading role in establishing an anti-bullying campaign that was presented to many of the local schools.
Sumarah also knows the importance of not only athletic, but academic success, having been a CIS Academic All-Canadian while he pursued a Master of Education at Saint Mary’s.
Along with coaching at SMU, Sumarah acted as the quarterback and receiver coach with the Canadian senior men’s team that captured a silver medal at the 2011 IFAF World Championship.
On September 29, 2016, Sumarah was appointed as Canadian junior national team head coach, a role which he took over at the conclusion of the 2016 IFAF world championship. In January 2018, Sumarah led Canada’s U18s to a marquee victory over their American counterparts, 44-24, at the International Bowl in Dallas, Texas.
Sumarah will coach the Canadian junior team at the 2018 and 2020 IFAF U19 World Championships.
Sumarah has also coached at St. Francis Xavier University and at five CFL camps. He has worked tirelessly as an instructor at a number of summer football camps in the United States and Canada over the years.