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Bishop's Gaiters
Logo
University Bishop's University
Association U Sports
Conference Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec, Atlantic University Sport (football)
Athletic director Jean-Benoit Jubinville
Location Lennoxville, Quebec
Varsity teams Basketball, football, rugby, soccer, golf
Football stadium Coulter Field
Fight song Alma Mater
Colours Purple and 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 may suggest the term stems from the word alligator, "Gaiter" actually refers to a boot covering worn by Anglican bishops until the beginning of the 20th century. The teams play in Canadian Interuniversity Sport, mostly competing in the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ), while the football program competes in the Atlantic University Sport football conference. The Gaiters' home field is Coulter Field, a 2,200 seat capacity stadium located on the university's campus.

Varsity teams

Club sports

Football

Bishop's Gaiters
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Bishop's Gaiters logo
First season 1884
Athletic director Jean-Benoit Jubinville
Head coach Cherif Nicolas
2nd year, 1–15–0  (.063)
Home Stadium Coulter Field (Bishop's)
Stadium capacity 2,200
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Lennoxville, Quebec
League CIS
Conference AUS (2017 - present)
Past associations QRFU (1884-1885, 1889, 1891)
OSLIAA (1953-1966)
CCIFC (1967-1970)
QUAA (1971-1973)
O-QIFC (1974-1979)
OQIFC (1980-2000)
QUFL/RSEQ (2001-2016)
All-time record – 
Postseason record – 
Tournaments
Vanier Cups 0
Yates Cups 0
Dunsmore Cups 4,
1986, 1988, 1990, 1994
Hec Crighton winners 1
Current uniform
Colours Purple, 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]

On December 15, 2016 the Gaiter's announced that their football program would compete in the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) football conference starting in the 2017 season.[5] This expanded the AUS to 5 teams and halted interlock play with the RSEQ for at least a season.[6] The Gaiters finished their first AUS season with a fourth consecutive 1-7 season.

Season-by-season record

The following is the record of the Bishop's Gaiters football team since 2003:

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
2015 8 1 7 0.125 89 319 6th in RSEQ Did not qualify
2016 8 1 7 0.125 100 341 6th in RSEQ Did not qualify
2017 8 1 7 0.125 158 286 5th in AUS Did not qualify
2018 8 0 8 0.000 91 238 5th in AUS Did not qualify

[7]

^ 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 2018 CFL season, six former Gaiters players are on CFL teams' rosters:

Basketball

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. In 2015, the Gaiters won their second RSEQ championship in school history. The women's basketball team also won back-to-back National Basketball championships in 1983 and 1984.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2011-04-16.
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2011-04-16.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-01-25. Retrieved 2011-04-16.
  4. ^ https://www.cfl.ca/article/mackey-named-gaiters-new-head-coach Mackey named Gaiters new head coach
  5. ^ "Bishop's joins the AUS for football". Local Xpress. Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  6. ^ "Hey Huskies, here come the Gaiters: Bishop's University joins AUS football conference | Metro Halifax". metronews.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  7. ^ http://www.sportetudiant-stats.com/universitaire/football/classements-1.php

External links

  • Bishop's University athletics
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