Bishop’s Re­news Mackey’s Con­tract

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

TheBishop’s Univer­sity De­part­ment of Ath­let­ics and Recre­ation is pleased to an­nounce that they have agreed to terms with head foot­ball coach Kevin Mackey on a new multi-year con­tract.

Mackey, an As­cot Cor­ner, Que­bec na­tive be­came the Gaiters ninth head coach in the mod­ern era on Jan­uary 16th, 2012. Ear­lier last week, he signed an ex­ten­sion that will keep him at the helm of the pur­ple and sil­ver for years to come.

The 2012 sea­son came to a close much faster than the Gaiters would have liked as they missed the play­offs. De­spite the dis­ap­point­ment Bishop’s was able to draw on some pos­i­tives in­clud­ing hav­ing two play­ers named to the RSEQ all-star team, and one earn­ing the Russ Jack­son award nom­i­na­tion from the con­fer­ence. As a team they put to­gether a two game win­ning streak in Septem­ber where they played some qual­ity foot­ball.

“It is an hon­our and a priv­i­lege to be lead­ing this pro­gram,” said Mackey. “We have a great nu­cleus of young men re­turn­ing which is a tremen­dous. I am ex­tremely pleased to have the op­por­tu­nity to work with our univer­sity, alumni and stu­dent ath­letes. They are all great peo­ple.”

“What Kevin was able to do in his first year was a pos­i­tive step for­ward,” said Brian Breck­les, Di­rec­tor of Ath­let­ics and Recre­ation at Bishop’s. “We have put a plan in place with numer­ous goals as we move for­ward. I be­lieve that Kevin is the right per­son to help lead our pro­gram.”

Mackey and his coach­ing staff are in the midst of re­cruit­ing as they look to find qual­ity stu­dent ath­letes to help the Gaiters in the years to come.

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