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SergeBourque, a for­mer Gaiter, was named a fi­nal­ist for the NFL Canada Coach of the Year award and al­though he did not win, he was one of 10 fi­nal­ists from more than 450 sub­mis­sions for 300 dif­fer­ent coaches.

The head coach at Ecole L’Odyssee in Monc­ton, N.B. was in dis­be­lief when he found out about the award. “When I got the news I sent an email to the other co-head coach Jon Dio­dati and said is this for real? He con­firmed it was. This nom­i­na­tion is in­cred­i­ble in so many dif­fer­ent ways. It’s in­cred­i­ble be­cause I got replies from for­mer and cur­rent play­ers let­ting me know how much of an im­pact I had on their lives. The fact of the mat­ter is all the play­ers I have had the op­por­tu­nity to coach have all had such a pos­i­tive im­pact on my life.”

The Olympi­ens, as his team is known, have only been around since 2005. Bourque started coach­ing the of­fen­sive line there in 2009 and be­came a co­head coach with Dio­dati in 2012.

“We went 0-7 in 2009 and had not won a game in the two years prior to that. We have slowly im­proved to the point where this year we made it to the fi­nals,” said an ec­static Bourque. “We lost in the 10-man pro­vin­cial fi­nal but it was an im­por­tant step for our foot­ball pro­gram.”

Bourque at­tended Bishop’s from 1999-2002. He was an all-Cana­dian of­fen­sive line­man dur­ing his time in pur­ple and sil­ver.

“Be­ing se­lected as a sec­ond-team all-Cana­dian in 2000 was another sur­prise to me. I still re­mem­ber re­ceiv­ing the news and say­ing to my­self there must be some mis­take. It was such an honor and to this day I give credit to the amaz­ing peo­ple who were on the of­fen­sive line with me. Guys like Eric Pick­er­ing, An­drew Carter, Mike Wil­son and Re­naud Dutrisac. With­out them it would not have been pos­si­ble.

“How­ever re­ceiv­ing an award like that in your sec­ond year is both a gift and a curse. I’m a per­fec­tion­ist and when it comes to foot­ball I de­manded a lot of my­self. At that time I put too much pres­sure on my­self and that does take its toll on a per­son. Even­tu­ally it took away some of the pas­sion I had. That ex­pe­ri­ence helped me grow as a per­son and changed the re­la­tion­ship I had with the game of foot­ball. It al­lowed me to en­joy it in a more pos­i­tive way.”

The tran­si­tion from player to coach can be tricky for some but Bourque was able to find a way to make it work.

“The key as­pects in the jour­ney from player to coach are learn­ing to be pa­tient, car­ing and be­ing pas­sion­ate about what you’re do­ing. Ev­ery­one learns at their own pace and it is im­por­tant to keep re­mind­ing kids about that. In the end it’s a game, not

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a race, it’s about hav­ing fun and en­joy­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence of foot­ball.”

In re­flect­ing on his own time at Bishop’s and fol­low­ing the suc­cess of the 2013 squad Bourque has sim­ple ad­vice for all cur­rent Gaiters.

“Take it all in and en­joy ev­ery minute of this ex­pe­ri­ence. I can still re­mem­ber walk­ing into the locker room for the first time in 1999 and the Bruce Spring­steen song ‘Glory Days’ was play­ing on the sound sys­tem. It is such a pow­er­ful song be­cause it of­fers sim­ple life lessons: Don’t let th­ese days ‘pass you by’, but most im­por­tantly, live them pas­sion­ately with­out re­grets and if you do so with con­vic­tion, the score­board of life will al­ways in­di­cate a win.”

He fin­ished off with a re­sound­ing, “GO GAITERS!”

Bourque was the epit­ome of a suc­cess­ful stu­den­tath­lete and Bishop’s Gaiter. Af­ter he grad­u­ated he com­pleted his Mas­ters of So­cial Work at the Univer­sity of Monc­ton.

He cur­rently re­sides in Monc­ton and is a Clin­i­cal So­cial Worker for Ad­dic­tion and Men­tal Health Ser­vices with the Hori­zon Health Net­work.

The 2013 nom­i­nee for the NFL Canada Coach of the Year has as­pi­ra­tions of lead­ing the Ecole L’Odyssee Olympi­ens to a pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship in 2014.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to a great Gaiter giv­ing back to his com­mu­nity.

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