Pointe Claire resident Patrick Gregory, a 16-year veteran of university level football coaching will be the new Islander head football coach at John Abbott College for the 2012 season. Gregory thus becomes the sixth head coach the team has seen since its foundation in 1974. According to head of athletics at John Abbott College, Steve Shaw, he will bring with him a lot of useful experience to the Islanders.
“I think he’s great. The reaction to his hiring has been tremendous. We’re very pleased to have him onboard. He’s got 16 of coaching experience with the CIS level so he’s highly recommended. The kids are happy, they’re really excited about next season and the reaction, as we start to recruit for next year, has been excellent,” he said.
Gregory has coached at the Quebec university level for the last 16 years including the past seven years as the full time offensive coordinator at Université de Montréal. He came to the Carabins as they returned to Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) football in 2002 and was part of the 2004 team that went 8-0 in the third year of existence.
He joined Concordia University’s staff in 1995 as the receiver coach and became the offensive coordinator in 2000. During his time with the Stingers, he made one Vanier Cup appearance in 1998. He saw many of the receivers that he tutored go on to professional careers in the Canadian Football League (CFL).
Before joining the University coaching rank, he was an offensive assistant at College St. Jean, Champlain College (Lennoxville) and Selwyn House High School. In 1992 he was the head coach of the Black Panthers Thonon-les-Bains in France.
For the past 10 years he has also worked as the offensive coordinator with various summer teams including Team Quebec, Team Canada and EMS, part of the Challenge Wilson. He has also been a guest coach at CFL training camps for the BC Lions, Edmonton Eskimos and the Montreal Alouettes and twice was a visiting coach at a mini-camp with the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL).
"I am very excited about joining John Abbott and leading the football program. I look forward to working with the staff in providing an outstanding experience for our student-athletes. I will work very hard to establish a level of excellence that everyone at John Abbott can be proud of, and continue to grow the program for the future,” said Gregory who is a two-time all-Canadian receiver at Bishop University.