Jack Gregory

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Jack Gregory enjoyed decades of success as an outstanding football coach and administrator not only in the state of Delaware, but throughout the country. He coached the P.S. du Pont High School
football team for five years before a distinguished career as a college coach and administrator. The first administrator and organizer of Delaware’s enormously successful Blue-Gold All-Star High
School Football Game, he helped start the annual event that raises awareness of Delaware citizens with intellectual disabilities. He supervised many facets of the event each year and also coached in
the game. In 2015, his involvement resulted in the DFRC establishing the Coach Jack and Pat Gregory Outstanding Leadership Award. In 1960 Jack established the Diamond State Athletic Camp held at the
Sanford School and led the organization for 11 years. Considered to be the first of its kind overnight athletic camp, the DSAC offered week-long programs in football, basketball, baseball, and
wrestling, and attracted leading coaches and players from both the college and professional ranks. He coached P.S. to a 25-16 record in 1954-1958, including three successive upsets of Salesianum.
Jack’s college coaching career began at his alma mater, East Stroudsburg (Pa.) University. He led the Warriors to a record of 49-11-2 over seven seasons, including two Pennsylvania State Athletic
Conference championships, and was named national NCAA College Division Coach of the Year in 1965. After serving as an assistant coach for one season at Navy, he became head coach at Villanova
University for three seasons, and at the University of Rhode Island for six years. His career head coaching record stood at an impressive 132-69-2. After two years in the NFL Green Bay Packers
scouting department, he became assistant athletic director in the Ivy League at Yale University (1978-82) and then was named athletic director at Bowling Green University (1982-1994). While at BGSU,
the school’s ice hockey team captured the NCAA title in 1984. He was inducted into the East Stroudsburg University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983 and into the Bowling Green State University Athletic
Hall of Fame in 1994. In 1994, a wing of the Bowling Green Athletic Field House was named the “Jack Gregory Turf Room” in his honor and in 2014 East Stroudsburg named its football field Gregory-Douds
Field. Jack passed away in 2014.

 

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