|Association||Canadian Interuniversity Sport|
|Conference||Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec|
|Athletic director||Brian Breckles|
|Varsity teams||Basketball, football, rugby, soccer, golf|
|Football stadium||Coulter Field|
|Fight song||Alma Mater|
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.
|Athletic director||Brian Breckles|
|Head coach||Kevin Mackey|
|2nd year, 6–10–0 (.375)|
|Other staff||Ray Gagnon (DC)
Brent Bailey (OC)
|Home stadium||Coulter Field (Bishop's)|
|Conference||QUFL/RSEQ (2001 - present)|
|Past associations||QRFU (1884-1885, 1889, 1891)
1986, 1988, 1990, 1994
|Hec Crighton winners||1|
|Colours||Purple and Silver and Black
|Rivals||Sherbrooke Vert et Or|
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.
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.
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, 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.
The following is the record of the Bishop's Gaiters football team in the last ten seasons of play:
|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|
^ 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
As of the start of the 2013 CFL season, seven former Gaiters players are on CFL teams' rosters:
- Tim Cronk, BC Lions
- Shawn Gore, BC Lions
- Kyle Jones, BC Lions
- Elie Ngoyi, Edmonton Eskimos
- Junior Turner, Calgary Stampeders
- Dan West, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- James Yurichuk, Toronto Argonauts
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. 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.
- http://www.cfl.ca/article/mackey-named-gaiters-new-head-coach Mackey named Gaiters new head coach