Mackey Hired to Lead Gaiter Foot­ball

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The Bishop’s Univer­sity Depart­ment of Ath­let­ics an­nounced to­day that Kevin Mackey has been named Head Coach of the Gaiters foot­ball pro­gram. Mackey is a five-year vet­eran of the Gaiters’ coach­ing staff, and be­comes the ninth head coach of the Gaiters in the modern era.

A na­tive of As­cot Cor­ner, Que. and long-time res­i­dent of the East­ern Town­ships, Mackey joined the Gaiters in 2007 as De­fen­sive Backs coach. His re­spon­si­bil­i­ties have steadily in­creased over his time at Bishop’s, and he was pro­moted to Spe­cial Teams Co­or­di­na­tor in 2011.

“Kevin has been an im­por­tant mem­ber of the foot­ball coach­ing staff for a num­ber of years and we are pleased to see him step into the role of Head Coach,” said Bishop’s Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Tony Ad­dona. “Bishop’s has

al­ways been a cra­dle for bright, young coaches, and I am sure Kevin will be no ex­cep­tion.”

Prior to join­ing Bishop’s, Mackey spent three years with the Cham­plain Cougars, coach­ing their de­fen­sive backs in 2003 and 2005 be­fore be­ing pro­moted to De­fen­sive Co­or­di­na­tor in 2006. The Cougars ad­vanced to two Bol d’or provin­cial fi­nals in his three sea­sons there.

“I am happy and hon­oured to ac­cept the chal­lenge of coach­ing at Bishop’s,” said Mackey. “I grew up watch­ing the Gaiters, so this is a dream job for me. I am ea­ger to get down to work con­tin­u­ing the Gaiters’ re­turn to national promi­nence.”

Mackey played in 2004 with the Gaiters, mak­ing 29.5 tack­les and one sack in eight games, and was named the team’s De­fen­sive Player of the Year.

Mackey spent 1999-2002 as a de­fen­sive back with the Univer­sity of Western On­tario Mus­tangs, play­ing un­der le­gendary coach Larry Hay­lor. Mackey was a three-year starter for the Mus­tangs, and grad­u­ated with a B.A. in Psy­chol­ogy in 2003.

Mackey played Cégep foot­ball with the Cham­plain Cougars from 1996-98, ad­vanc­ing to the Bol d’or fi­nal in 1996, and win­ning the Don Bilodeau Tro­phy for ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment in 1998.

Mackey cur­rently serves as a Coun­cil­lor for the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of As­cot Cor­ner, af­ter be­ing elected to the post in 2009, and is the Chair of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s Re­cre­ation Com­mit­tee.

Mackey’s ap­point­ment, for a re­new­able one-year term, is ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately.

Na­tive Town­ship­per Kevin Mackey is the new Head Coach of the Gaiters foot­ball pro­gram.

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