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Bishop's Gaiters
First season 1884
Athletic director Brian Breckles
Head coach Kevin Mackey
1st year, 2–7–0  (.222)
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 0
Colours Purple and Silver and Black

                     

Outfitter Reebok
Rivals Sherbrooke Vert et Or
Website gaiters.ca/section/football

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]

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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 recordEdit

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
20038 26 0.250 191 327 5th in QUFL Did not qualify
20048 17 0.125 100 243 6th in QUFL Did not qualify
20058 17 0.125 131 233 5th in QUFL Did not qualify
20068 17 0.125 117 249 6th in QUFL Did not qualify
20078 53 0.625 218 176 3rd in QUFL Lost to Concordia Stingers in semi-final 34-18
20088 35 0.375 170 255 5th in QUFL Did not qualify
20098 44 0.500 171 232 3rd in QUFL Lost to Montreal Carabins in semi-final 40-15
20109 54 0.556 186 248 4th in QUFL Lost to Laval Rouge et Or in semi-final 56-1
20119 36 0.333 178 277 5th in RSEQ Did not qualify
2012[A]9 26 0.222 163 289 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 Gaiters in the CFLEdit

As of the end of the 2012 CFL season, ten former Gaiters players are on CFL teams' rosters:

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