John Gregory (American football coach)

Last updated

John Gregory
Born: (1938-11-22) November 22, 1938 (age 82)
Webster City, Iowa, U.S.
Career history
As administrator
1969–1971 Iowa Central C.C. (Athletic director)
1995–2003 Iowa Barnstormers (General manager)
As coach
1969–1971 Iowa Central C.C. (Asst.)
1972–1981 South Dakota State
1982 Northern Iowa (OC)
1983–1986 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (OL)
1987–1991 Saskatchewan Roughriders
1991–1994 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
1995–2003 Iowa Barnstormers/New York Dragons
2004 Carolina Cobras
2005–2007 Arkansas Twisters
2008–2011 Iowa Barnstormers
2012 Tampa Bay Storm (OC)
Career highlights and awards
Awards1995 AFL Coach of the Year
1996 AFL Coach of the Year

John Gregory (born November 22, 1938) is a former American football head coach. Gregory's last head coaching stint came with the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League.

Contents

Coaching career

Early years

Gregory's first coaching job was at Iowa Central Community College, where he was assistant head coach and athletic director of the new football program. In Gregory's three years there, the program had a 24–3–1 record and won the Wool Bowl in 1969. John Matuszak, who was recruited by Gregory, went on to become the number one pick in the 1973 NFL Draft.

His first college head coaching job was at South Dakota State, where he had 55–50–3 record from 1972 to 1981. Gregory is third in school history in coaching victories and his 1979 team had a single season best record of 9–2. SDSU didn't have a winning record the previous 11 seasons before Gregory's arrival.

After serving as Northern Iowa offensive coordinator in 1982, Gregory was the offensive line coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for the six seasons. In 1984 Winnipeg won the Grey Cup in part due to Gregory's offensive line that helped set a CFL single season rushing record.

Saskatchewan Roughriders

After the 1986 season he was hired to coach Saskatchewan Roughriders, a team that had no playoff appearances in the past 11 years. While the Saskatchewan Roughriders finished in 4th (and last) place in the CFL West Division with a 5-12-1 record in his first season at the helm of the Western Riders in 1987, the following year, he led the Riders to an 11–7 record and a playoff berth. He won the Annis Stukus Trophy as the league's coach of the year. In 1989, the Roughriders finished 9–9 and won the 77th Grey Cup, their first since 1966. After a 1–6 start in 1991, he was fired and replaced by Don Matthews. He had a 35–43–1 overall record in Saskatchewan.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

That same season, he was hired to replace David Beckman as head coach of the 0–8 Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He made the postseason two of the four years he was with the team and finished with a 24–40 record.

Arena Football

In 1995, Jim Foster hired Gregory to build an Arena Football League expansion team in Des Moines, Iowa. Gregory coached the Iowa Barnstormers to five division titles in six seasons and led the team to two ArenaBowls. Quarterbacks Kurt Warner and Aaron Garcia are considered two of the greatest AFL players ever. Gregory was named AFL Coach of the Year in 1995 and 1996. The Barnstormers relocated to New York in 2001, becoming the New York Dragons; and Gregory left the team in 2003. Gregory later joined the Carolina Cobras as offensive coordinator under Ed Khayat; after a 2–4 start to the 2004 season, Khayat was fired and Gregory took over. In his first game as Carolina's interim head coach, playing the defending ArenaBowl champion Tampa Bay Storm, the Cobras scored 24 unanswered points in the third quarter to win 54–43; it was the team's first home win since 2002. [1] However, the Cobras suffered a losing streak that dropped them to 3–7, leading to Gregory's dismissal with six games left in the season. [2]

In 2005, Gregory came out of retirement to coach the Arkansas Twisters. He went 5–7 in his first season and 10–6 in the 2006 season, losing the National Conference Championship to the Spokane Shock. In 2007, the Twisters improved to a 12–4 record, a franchise best, but lost to the Bossier–Shreveport Battle Wings in the first round of the playoffs.

In 2007, it was announced that Gregory would return to Iowa to coach the new expansion Iowa Barnstormers. [3]

On May 17, 2011, Gregory resigned from his position with the Barnstormers. [4]

In 2012, Gregory was the offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Storm. It is his first position where he has not been a team head coach for more than two decades. [5]

He was the commissioner of the National Arena League during its first season in 2017. [6]

Head coaching record

College

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffs
South Dakota State Jackrabbits (North Central Conference)(1972–1981)
1972 South Dakota State6–52–56th
1973 South Dakota State5–5–12–4–16th
1974 South Dakota State6–54–34th
1975 South Dakota State7–44–34th
1976 South Dakota State5–4–14–1–12nd
1977 South Dakota State5–4–13–3–1T–4th
1978 South Dakota State5–63–3T–3rd
1979 South Dakota State9–34–2T–2ndL NCAA Division II Quarterfinal
1980 South Dakota State3–81–5–17th
1981 South Dakota State4–62–4–16th
South Dakota State:55–50–329–33–5
Total:55–50–3

CFL

TeamYearRegular seasonPostseason
WonLostTiesWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
SAS 1987 5121.2944th in West Division
SAS 1988 1170.6112nd in West Division01.000Lost West Semi-Final
SAS 1989 990.5003rd in West Division301.000Won Grey Cup
SAS 1990 990.5003rd in West Division01.000Lost West Semi-Final
SAS 1991 160.1434th in West DivisionFired
HAM 1991 370.3004th in East Division
HAM 1992 1170.6112nd in East Division11.500Lost East Final
HAM 1993 6120.3332nd in East Division11.500Lost East Final
HAM 1994 150.1675th in East DivisionFired
Total61821.4260 Division
Championships
54.5551 Grey Cups

AFL & af2

TeamYearRegular seasonPostseason
WonLostTiesWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
Iowa 1995 750.5832nd in AC Central11.500Lost in AC Semifinals
Iowa 1996 1220.8571st in AC Central21.667Lost in ArenaBowl X
Iowa 1997 1130.7861st in AC Central21.667Lost in ArenaBowl XI
Iowa 1998 590.3573rd in AC Central
Iowa 1999 1130.7861st in AC Central11.500Lost in AC Final
Iowa 2000 950.6431st in AC Central01.000Lost in AC Semifinal
NY 2001 860.5711st in NC Eastern01.000Lost in Wild Card
NY 2002 3110.2144th in NC Eastern
NY 2003 040.0004th in NC Eastern
CAR 2004 6100.3752nd in NC Eastern
ARK 2005 570.4173rd in AC South
ARK 2006 1060.6251st in NC Midwest21.667Lost in NC Final
ARK 2007 1240.6881st in NC Central01.000Lost in First round
Iowa 2008 6100.3755th in AC Midwest
Iowa 2009 1240.7501st AC in Midwest01.000Lost in First round
Iowa 2010 790.4384th NC in Midwest
Iowa 2011 270.2224thth NC in Central
Total117900.56589.471

Related Research Articles

Saskatchewan Roughriders Professional Canadian football team based in Regina, Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are a professional Canadian football team based in Regina, Saskatchewan. The Roughriders compete in the Canadian Football League (CFL) as a member club of the league's West division.

The Iowa Barnstormers are a professional indoor football team based in Des Moines, Iowa. They are currently members of the Indoor Football League (IFL). They play their home games at Wells Fargo Arena, known in indoor football circles as "The Well".

Joe Paopao Professional Canadian football coach

Joe Paopao is a former professional Canadian football quarterback and coach in the Canadian Football League (CFL). Paopao played 11 seasons in the CFL and was a member of the BC Lions, Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Ottawa Rough Riders. He began his coaching career with the BC Lions and has coached with five CFL organizations, including stints as head coach with the BC Lions in 1996 and the Ottawa Renegades from 2002–2005. He most recently served as the quarterbacks coach for the Ottawa Redblacks.

Tom Clements American football coach, Canadian football player

Thomas Albert Clements is a retired American football coach and a former Canadian Football League (CFL) quarterback who was most recently the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL).

Nealon Greene

Nealon Greene is a retired American-born Canadian football quarterback.

Doug Kay

Doug Kay is a retired American football coach who was most recently assistant head coach for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League (AFL), which league ceased operations after the 2017 season. He has more than 55 years of football experience, including 12 seasons in the AFL. He was the head coach of the Charlotte Rage, Carolina Cobras and Columbus Destroyers. He was also the head football coach at Olivet College from 1971 to 1975.

Matthew "Matt" Nagy is an American football coach and former arena football quarterback who is currently the head coach for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL).

Kahlil Rafiq Carter, is a gridiron football player and coach who recently served as the Defensive Coordinator for the Montreal Alouettes. Carter is also a former professional gridiron football player in the Arena Football League, NFL, NFL Europe, and the Canadian Football League. His last season of professional football was spent playing defensive back in the AFL for the Iowa Barnstormers in 2010. Carter has also spent time in the NFL with Buffalo and NFL Europe with the Scottish Claymores. Carter also was a star defensive back in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts and the Montreal Alouettes.

Kent Austin American football player and coach

Richard Kent Austin is an American gridiron football coach and former player. He is the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, a position he has held since 2019. Austin served as the head football coach at Cornell University from 2010 to 2012. He was the head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in 2007 and CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 2013 to 2017.

Ray Jauch is an American former gridiron football player and coach. He served as a head coach in the Canadian Football League (CFL), the United States Football League (USFL), and the Arena Football League. He won 127 regular season games in the CFL, the sixth highest win total by a head coach in the league's history.

James J. Spavital was an American gridiron football player, coach and executive in six different professional football leagues. He served as the head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL) from 1970 to 1973 and as head coach of the Chicago Fire of the World Football League (WFL) in 1974. Spavital was the general manager of the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1979 to 1982 and the Michigan Panthers of the United States Football League (USFL) in 1983.

Gary Etcheverry is an American-born American and Canadian football coach who has coached in the National Football League, Canadian Football League, German Football League, Canadian Junior Football League, CIS, and the NCAA.

Scott Stewart Milanovich is an American football coach and former quarterback who is the quarterbacks coach for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He previously served as the head coach of the Edmonton Football Team of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in 2020, the quarterbacks coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2017 to 2019 and the head coach of Toronto Argonauts from 2012 to 2016. Milanovich also served as an assistant coach for the Montreal Alouettes, Cologne Centurions and Rhein Fire.

Lance Frazier

Elance Antonio Frazier is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League for the Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys. He also was a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League and the Cologne Centurions in NFL Europe. He played college football at the West Virginia University.

Ken Miller (gridiron football) American sports coach

Ken Miller is currently an offensive consultant for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He previously served in the league as head coach and vice president of football operations for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He served as the Roughriders head coach between 2008 and 2010, leading the team to appearances in the Grey Cup in 2009 and 2010. Miller returned as head coach of the Roughriders on August 19, 2011, after the firing of Greg Marshall after a 1–7 start to the 2011 CFL season. Miller was the club's offensive coordinator under head coach Kent Austin when they captured the 95th Grey Cup in 2007. He had previously served on the coaching staffs of the Toronto Argonauts, University of Redlands, Dickinson State, and Yucaipa High School.

John D. Payne was an American collegiate and professional football coach. He served as head coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders (1973–1976), Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1978–1980) and Ottawa Rough Riders (1996) of the Canadian Football League (CFL), compiling a career record of 62–63–3. Payne also was the head football coach at Abilene Christian University from 1985 to 1990, posting a mark of 26–34–2.

Paul LaPolice Canadian Football League head coach

Paul LaPolice is the head coach for the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He is a two-time Grey Cup champion as an assistant coach, most recently in 2019 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as the offensive coordinator. He formerly served as head coach for the Blue Bombers from 2010 to 2012, compiling a record of 16 wins and 28 losses. He has also worked as a broadcaster for TSN.

Corey Chamblin Canadian football coach

Corey Jermaine Chamblin is a Canadian football coach. He is a former professional gridiron football defensive back and was signed by the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL) as an undrafted free agent in 1999. He played college football at Tennessee Tech. As a player, Chamblin has also been a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Rhein Fire and Indianapolis Colts.

Chris Jones is a former American football and Canadian football coach. He was the head coach and general manager of the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League for three seasons, after serving as the head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos for two seasons. Jones previously served as the defensive coordinator for the Montreal Alouettes, Calgary Stampeders and Toronto Argonauts before becoming a head coach. Jones won four Grey Cup rings with four teams between 2002 and 2015.

Ron Selesky American football player

Ronald R. Selesky, Jr. is a former American football center and arena football coach. He played college football at North Central College and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He also served as the Director of Football Operations for the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football (AAF), and currently works in the same position with the Tampa Bay Vipers of the XFL.

References

  1. Cannon, Keith (March 22, 2004). "Storm Skid Reaches 3 With Loss To Carolina". The Tampa Tribune . Retrieved February 19, 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  2. Dorsey, David (April 16, 2004). "Firecats coach not free to leave". The News-Press . Retrieved February 19, 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  3. Barnstormers Rehire Former Coach John Gregory | KCRG-TV9 Cedar Rapids, Iowa | Sports Archived May 24, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. "Barnstormers: Head Coach John Gregory Resigns". Iowa Barnstormers. May 17, 2011. Archived from the original on March 19, 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2011.
  5. "Tampa Bay Storm - The Official Web Site :: Coaching Staff". Archived from the original on May 5, 2012. Retrieved April 20, 2012.
  6. "CHRIS SIEGFRIED ANNOUNCED AS NAL COMMISSIONER John Gregory Steps Down Following Successful 2017 Season". National Arena League. October 9, 2017. Archived from the original on October 9, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
Preceded by
Mike Riley
Grey Cup winning Head Coach
77th Grey Cup, 1989
Succeeded by
Mike Riley