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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
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.