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Patrick Gregory is the sixth head coach in Islander football history, and he is entering his eighth season at helm of the Islander program. He brings with him a wealth of coaching and playing experience at all levels of football in Quebec, especially within the FQSE and the RSEQ.
Under Gregory, the Islanders have boasted a winning record in each season since 2014. John Abbott appeared in back-to-back Bol d’Or Division 2 championship games in 2017 and 2018. The John Abbott staff has been named the Coaching Staff of the Year in RSEQ Division 2 twice (2014 and 2017) and the Islanders have been named the Most Sportsmanlike Team on three occasions (2015-17) during Gregory’s tenure.
With Gregory at the helm, the program owns a 47-28 record entering the 2019 season, including a 7-7 record in the playoffs. Islander players have been named to the RSEQ Division 2 offensive or defensive all-star team 30 times since 2012.
Prior to joining the Islanders, Gregory coached at the Quebec university level for 16 years, including seven years as the full-time offensive coordinator with the Université de Montréal Carabins. He joined the Carabins as they returned to U SPORTS football in 2002 and was part of the 2004 team that went 8-0 during their third year of existence. The Carabins have been a Vanier Cup contender ever since.
He joined Concordia University Stingers 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 and saw many of the receivers he coached go on to professional careers. Before coaching at the university level, Gregory was an offensive assistant at Collège 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.
Over the past 10 years, Coach Pat has also worked as the offensive coordinator with various summer teams including Team Québec, Team Canada and EMS as part of the Challenge Wilson. He has 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 the Cincinnati Bengals mini-camp.
As a player, Gregory was a two-time CIAU All-Canadian as a receiver at Bishop’s University, playing under current Toronto Argonauts offensive coordinator Jacques Chapdelaine.
If you are interested in playing for the Islanders in 2020, send an e-mail to head coach Patrick Gregory at JACFootball@johnabbott.qc.ca.
Known as one of the best offensive line coaches in Canada, Bob Bindon rejoined the Islander coaching staff in 2012. A 65-year-old native of Verdun, Québec, he was the offensive line coach at Queen’s University in 2011. In 2006, he also shared the offensive coordinator duties with Sean Dougherty until 2010 at McGill University. Bob spent the previous eight seasons with the Concordia Stingers coaching staff, including four years on the offensive line and four years at defensive line. He is a retired physical fitness teacher from John Abbott, where he coached football for 19 years (1978-1997), including 13 seasons as head coach.
Bob earned a graduate diploma in special education & adapted physical education from McGill University in 1979. Prior to that, he studied physical education at Southern Illinois University for three years before transferring to Sir George Williams University and graduating in 1974.
He attended Crawford Park Elementary School and Verdun High School. Bob played football for Leo’s Boys in Pointe St. Charles, then moved up to the NDG Maple Leafs, the Southern Illinois Salukis and the SGWU Georgians. He is married to Olga and they have one son (Tyler), a daughter (Morgan), two grandchildren Reid (8) and Jackson (6), and two dogs (George, and Blaine). They have lived in Hudson, Québec for the past 42 years.
Derrick Joseph is returning to the Islander coaching staff after taking last season off; but is well known in the Québec football community. Derrick started playing minor football with the Greenfield Park Packers, continuing his career as a defensive lineman in Lennoxville with the Champlain Cougars and Bishop’s University Gaiters, where he earned CIS All-Canadian honors three consecutive years. He was later drafted by the Toronto Argonauts. Derrick has been coaching football for over thirteen years at all levels from Atom to Midget AAA, U15 and U17 and at all coaching positions from special teams coordinator, defensive line, linebacker, defensive coordinator and head coach.
Derrick lives in Pointe-Claire with wife Jennie and their children Cedric, Amber, and Chelsea.
A graduate of John Abbott College, Stan Gendron has been a coach and educator for over 35 years at both amateur and professional levels. After graduating from McGill University with a B.Ed. and an M.A. in Sport Psychology, Coach G. later served as receiver coach and running back coach at McGill for 7 years.
Coach Gendron lives in NDG with his wife Linda. They have 2 children. Sara, who lives in Australia and works as a Counselling Psychologist and Kerri, who lives in Toronto and works for TSN.
After a 10-year absence, Dennis returns to the Islander coaching staff as a defensive consultant. He is a former John Abbott Football and McGill Redmen player who has 29 years of coaching experience with the John Abbott Islanders, including seven as head coach. He guided the Islanders to three Bol d’Or appearances, winning the Québec collegiate championship in 2002. During his two-decade stint as a coach with the Islanders, he also handled defensive backs and special teams, in addition to serving as defensive coordinator.
He is currently employed as the Director of Student Services here at John Abbott after serving as an Associate Dean and registrar at Collège Lionel-Groulx from 2007-2011 and as an administrative assistant in the registrar’s office at College Gerald-Godin from 1999-2007.
Dennis played for the McGill Redmen from 1977 to 1981, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. He won the team’s most improved player award in 1978 and earned all-conference honours in his final season. Prior to playing for McGill, he captained John Abbott to a pair of Bol d’Or championships in 1976 and 1977. Among the players he coached at John Abbott are CIS All-Canadians Al Matheson (Bishop’s), Gaston Thibodeau (Concordia), Luc Pelland (Concordia) and Paul Maines (Tulsa, Concordia). Many other players have successfully continued their academic and athletic careers at numerous universities in Canada and the United States, including defensive end Louis-Philippe Ladouceur (University of California, Berkeley and the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL) and defensive end Jason Ward (University of Connecticut).
Waide and his wife Francine live in suburban Dollard des Ormeaux and have two daughters Emilie (29) and Andrea (28).
Ted, a former player and coach, returned to the Islander coaching staff in 2013 as the new strength and conditioning coach. He has plenty of coaching experience at the high school, CEGEP and university levels. Ted last coached the Islanders from 2005-2009 as the offensive coordinator.
A 1992 graduate of McGill University in Physical Education, Ted has been a member of the Physical Education Department at John Abbott since 2005. Ted also taught PE at Westwood High School from 1996 to 2005 where he was the Athletic Director. Ted is married and living in Ile Perrot with his 2 boys, Riley and Brady.
Scott Noivo oversees the team’s strength and conditioning program, and linebackers. He joined the John Abbott coaching staff during the 2015-16 offseason.
Noivo is a former Islander football player himself, taking the field as a linebacker and defensive back in 2009 and 2010. Prior to his time at John Abbott, Scott attended St. Thomas High School in Pointe Claire, Que.
After successfully graduating from John Abbott, Noivo was a member of the University of York football team from 2011 to 2016. Over five seasons, he appeared in 29 games, recording 34.5 tackles. His seven years of managing athletics and academics make him invaluable to the team.
“I’m able to relate to what a lot of these players are going through,” says Noivo. “I know the grind of being a student-athlete.”
Having Scott on the staff is a win for all parties involved.
“I am getting some valuable experience in two fields I want to pursue in my future; strength and conditioning, and obviously coaching football,” he said immediately after rejoining the program.
Scott earned his degree in Honours Kinesiology and Health Sciences from York in 2015. He lives in Kirkland, Que.
The newest addition to the Islanders coaching staff, Sam is one of John Abbott’s own. In his third year as a commerce student, Sam works with the team in their off-field training as one of the three strength and conditioning coaches. Certified as a personal trainer and himself a sledge hockey player, Sam brings a unique set of skills and experiences to the team that he puts to use as a trainer.
He is the captain of the Demons de Laval sledge hockey team and has experience playing at the provincial level. “Being an athlete myself, I know the grind of balancing school, life, and sports and what it means to be part of a team.”
Having Sam bring his experience to the team benefits everyone in the organization.
“I look forward to learning to be a better trainer with the team and using the knowledge I have to the best of my ability.”
Sam graduated from John Rennie High School in 2015 with Honors, where he was involved with the athletic department as a scorekeeper and equipment manager.
A resident of Pointe Claire, he looks forward to working with the team and being part of the Islanders organization.
Jim joined the coaching staff in 2014 and has been working hard province wide with Coach Pat Gregory with the recruitment of both high school and civil players. His knowledge of the game and his passion for football has been a welcome addition to the Islander program.
He has been coaching with various football organizations in the province since 2002. He has had stints with Verdun (2002 – 2005), the Western Patriots (2006 – 2009) and the St-Lazare Stallions (2010 – 2012). He was the head coach and defensive coordinator of the bantam Western Patriots when they won the QBFL Presidents Cup and was the defensive line coach for the QMFL All-Stars when they won the gold medal in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He was also the D-Line coach in 2009 when the QBFL Elites U17 won the Gold medal at the Wilson Cup Challenge.
A resident of Pincourt, he is married to Stevia Panageas and they have two daughters – Maria-Anna and a former Islander Gerry-Dean.