by John Austen
Pete Regimbald has a lot of friends, and hundreds of them Concordia
alumni, friends and family showed up last Saturday night as the
Concordia football program roasted the long-serving assistant coach, who
is retiring from his full-time job as assistant registrar at the university.
The event took place at John Molson Hall in Montreal.
Peters wife Diane was on hand, but his son Scott, who plays for
the CFLs Calgary Stampeders, could not make it in.
Stinger head coach Gerry McGrath, who was full of praise for Regimbald.
The football team and the alumni wanted to commemorate Coach Reg
with a special dinner to celebrate the positive impact he has had on so
many young men at Loyola and Concordia, McGrath said. Of course,
we couldnt let him get away without poking a little fun at him
and being the good sport that he is, Pete has provided more than 30 years
Though he steps down from his duties in the Registrars Office, he
will step up his commitment to football and the Department of Recreation
I would like to stay close to the student-athletes, said
Regimbald, who has been with the Loyola and Concordia football programs
for more than 30 years. I believe that given my years of experience
I have a lot to offer in both the athletic and academic worlds.
Regimbald began his coaching career at Loyola College in 1967 as the skip
of the junior varsity team. In 1968 he was the full-time assistant to
head coach George Dixon and was responsible for recruiting and administration
for the football team. It was this experience that launched him into his
career outside of athletics.
In 1973 he was hired as a liaison officer to recruit students for Loyola
College. He then became the Director of Liaison for Concordia University,
a position he held for 20 years. In 1996 he was appointed to his current
position as assistant registrar.
Regimbald was an assistant coach for five different head coaches: Dixon,
Doug Daigneault, Skip Rochette, Pat Sheahan and current mentor Gerry McGrath.
In 1996 he was awarded the Gino Fracas Trophy as the volunteer coach of
the year in Canadian university football and in 2002 he was inducted into
the Concordia University Sports Hall of Fame.
Regimbald knows a thing or two about football. Growing up in Lachine,
he played for the Juvenile Lakers before spending four years with the
N.D.G. Junior Maple Leafs in the late 1950s and early 60s. He made it
to the professional ranks, playing for the Montreal Alouettes in 1964.
Regimbalds expertise and contributions are credited with helping
Concordia to its 1998 record-setting campaign. The Stingers finished in
first place in the regular season, won the Dunsmore Cup as the Ontario-Quebec
champions and went on to win the Atlantic Bowl, the universitys
first ever victory in a bowl game. On the cold, blustery day, Coach Regs
special teams won the game with two blocked punts, a fumble recovery for
a touchdown and four field goals.
Proceeds from last weekends gala evening will go towards awards
and bursaries for the football team.