Bishop's Gaiters

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Bishop's Gaiters
Logo
University Bishop's University
Association Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Conference Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec
Athletic director Brian Breckles
Location Lennoxville, Quebec
Varsity teams Basketball, football, rugby, soccer, golf
Football stadium Coulter Field
Fight song Alma Mater
Colours
     Purple       Silver
Website gaiters.ca

The Bishop's Gaiters is the name of the men's and women's athletic teams that represent Bishop's University in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. Although their logo and mascot suggest the term stems from the word alligator, "Gaiter" actually refers to a boot covering worn by Anglican bishops up until the beginning of the 20th century. The teams play in Canadian Interuniversity Sport, and more specifically, Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ). The Gaiters' home field is Coulter Field, a 2,200 seat capacity stadium located on the university's campus.

Varsity teams[edit]

Club sports[edit]

Football[edit]

Bishop's Gaiters
Bishop's Gaiters logo
First season 1884
Athletic director Brian Breckles
Head coach Kevin Mackey
3rd year, 7–17–0  (.292)
Other staff Ray Gagnon (DC)
Brent Bailey (OC)
Home stadium Coulter Field (Bishop's)
Stadium capacity 2,200
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Lennoxville, Quebec
League CIS
Conference QUFL/RSEQ (2001 - present)
Past associations QRFU (1884-1885, 1889, 1891)
OSLIAA (1953-1966)
CCIFC (1967-1970)
QUAA (1971-1973)
O-QIFC (1974-1979)
OQIFC (1980-2000)
All-time record – 
Postseason record
Vanier Cups 0
Yates Cups 0
Dunsmore Cups 4,
1986, 1988, 1990, 1994
Hec Crighton winners 1
Colours Purple and Silver and Black

                     

Outfitter Nike
Rivals Sherbrooke Vert et Or
Website gaiters.ca

It wasn't until the early 60's that Principal Ogden Glass gave the University the direction Athletics needed to provide the necessary moral and financial support that ultimately shaped the modern day success of the Gaiters football program. Principal Glass hired Bruce Coulter as Director of Athletics and Head Football Coach in 1961. This hiring would help Bishop's develop a full fledged athletic program with teams that could compete on the senior intercollegiate level. Bruce retired as head football coach with a CIAU-record 137 wins (his record was 137 wins, 80 losses and 3 ties). In 1991, the football stadium was renamed in his honor and the Gaiters now play on Coulter Field.[1]

Jamall Lee, Jeff Russel Trophy 2007

The Bishop's football team competes for two special trophies: The Mayor's Cup, which is awarded to the winner of one of the annual contests between Bishop's and the Université de Sherbrooke, and the Bigg Bowl, which goes to the winner between Bishop's and St. Francis Xavier University (currently scheduled once every three years). In 2007 Bishop’s Gaiters running back Jamall Lee and head coach Leroy Blugh were honoured as major award winners by the Quebec University Football League. Lee was awarded the Jeff Russel Trophy, given to the league’s most outstanding player, while Blugh was named QUFL Coach of the Year.[2]

The Gaiters were led by head coach Leroy Blugh, a former linebacker for the Gaiters as well as a 15-year veteran of the Canadian Football League until he left the post in June 2011. Under Blugh, the program saw a marked improvement, finishing with a winning record in 2007 for the first time since 1995,[3] as well as having several players drafted in the CFL. Former athletic director, Tony Addona, coached for the team in 2011 after Blugh resigned as head coach until current head coach Kevin Mackey was hired on January 16, 2012.[4]

Season-by-season record[edit]

The following is the record of the Bishop's Gaiters football team in the last ten seasons of play:

Season Games Won Lost Pct % PF PA Standing Playoffs
2003 8 2 6 0.250 191 327 5th in QUFL Did not qualify
2004 8 1 7 0.125 100 243 6th in QUFL Did not qualify
2005 8 1 7 0.125 131 233 5th in QUFL Did not qualify
2006 8 1 7 0.125 117 249 6th in QUFL Did not qualify
2007 8 5 3 0.625 218 176 3rd in QUFL Lost to Concordia Stingers in semi-final 34-18
2008 8 3 5 0.375 170 255 5th in QUFL Did not qualify
2009 8 4 4 0.500 171 232 3rd in QUFL Lost to Montreal Carabins in semi-final 40-15
2010 9 5 4 0.556 186 248 4th in QUFL Lost to Laval Rouge et Or in semi-final 56-1
2011 9 3 6 0.333 178 277 5th in RSEQ Did not qualify
2012[A] 9 0 8 0.000 99 243 6th in RSEQ Did not qualify
2013 8 6 2 0.750 260 242 2nd in RSEQ Lost to Montreal Carabins in semi-final 51-8
2014 8 1 7 0.125 82 332 5th in RSEQ Did not qualify

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^ A. Bishop's and Concordia both used ineligible players in the same game, so the game was declared "no contest" in a double forfeit. Bishop's also forfeited another win against Concordia and a win against McGill.

Bishop's Gaiters in the CFL[edit]

As of the start of the 2013 CFL season, seven former Gaiters players are on CFL teams' rosters:

Basketball[edit]

The hard-court has also brought Bishop's great success. The 1966-67 Men's Basketball Gaiters were the first basketball champions at Bishop's University, the Gaiters' "machine" rolled through the Ottawa-St. Lawrence Athletic Association with a 15-1 record before triumphing over Ottawa and MacDonald in the league playoffs.[2] The men's basketball team enjoyed their most successful season in 1998, winning the CIAU National Championship, becoming the smallest Canadian university in history to do so. The women's basketball team won back-to-back National Basketball championships in 1983 and 1984.

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