Its official. Gerry McGrath has been named full-time coach of the Concordia Stingers football team. The announcement was made last week by Harry Zarins, director of Recreation and Athletics.
McGrath, 41, was named interim
coach last season after Pat Sheahan resigned after 11 years at the helm
of the Stingers. Sheahan now coaches the Queens Golden Gaels in
Im very pleased to have a respected football coach with extensive knowledge of the university game at the helm of our football program, said Zarins. In addition to being very knowledgeable, Gerry has a lot of experience working with student-athletes and a deep concern for the well-being of his players.
At the end of last year, a committee which included player representation reviewed all the applications for the head coaching position and decided McGrath was the best person to lead the team into the new millennium.
Im very happy,
said McGrath. Im excited and eager about the 2001 season.
This job is fulfilling a life-long mandate to work with young people and
make a difference in their future.
Hockey team fit to be tied
The Stingers mens hockey team was hoping for a better fate when it played three games in five nights last week. Concordia tied McGill 3-3 in overtime on January 17 after falling behind 3-0 at McGills McConnell Winter Arena. Two days later, the Stingers fell behind again, this time 5-2, before roaring back for a 5-5 overtime tie with the Ottawa Gee-Gees at the Ed Meagher Arena.
The Stingers were back at McGill last Sunday, and this time the Redmen beat their cross-town rivals 7-4.
New acquisition David Comeau scored twice for Concordia in the Ottawa game.
Concordia cagers fall
The womens basketball team fell short of upsetting the unbeaten Laurentian Voyageurs last Saturday, losing 68-60 at Concordia Gym. The Stingers were up 21-10 early in the game, only to be behind 45-41 at half time.
Former John Abbott Islanders Kristina Steinfort and Marie-Pier Veilleux had 13 points each for the Stingers.
The mens team snapped
a three-game winless streak with a 71-68 win over Laurentian. Gavin Musgrave
scored 20 points to lead the Stingers. Jonathan Dresner followed with