Another former Gryphon to the CFL

Breaking news from – Queen’s DC Tracey to run Bombers special teams

Mike O’Shea is going back to his college days to build a staff for his first professional head coaching job.

Sources tell Sportsnet that the Blue Bombers will hire Queen’s defensive coordinator Pat Tracey to run Winnipeg’s special teams. An announcement is expected soon from the CFL club.

Tracey, a former player at Guelph, was a coach on the Gryphons staff during O’Shea’s decorated playing career at the university. He left Guelph to join the Gaels staff in 2000, first as special teams coordinator in Kingston, before moving to the defensive side of the ball. His units routinely have been among the best in CIS football.

Winnipeg’s former special teams coordinator, Kyle Walters, now the Blue Bombers general manager, was Guelph’s head coach before joining Paul LaPolice’s staff in 2010.

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This is big news for another former Gryphon! BTW this won’t be Tracey’s first stint in the CFL. Randy Dimitroff reminded me that Tracey was the Ticats’ Special Teams Coordinator back in 1998. I found this in Tracey’s profile at

Former Gryphon & Queen's DC Pat Tracey Photo: Mike Koreen/Kingston Whig-Standard

Former Gryphon & Queen’s DC Pat Tracey
Photo: Mike Koreen/Kingston Whig-Standard

Prior to joining Queen’s, Tracey coached with the Guelph Gryphons from 1987-97 and 1999.
At Guelph, he held numerous positions including Defensive Backs and Return Units (1987-88), Inside Linebackers and Return Units (1989-90), Defensive Coordinator (1988-94), and Special Teams Coordinator (1996-97). He was the team’s recruiting coordinator from 1995 until leaving for Hamilton in early 1998. He coached in three Yates Cup finals with the Gryphons, winning two.
Tracey spent the 1998 season on a leave of absence from Guelph, and joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as Special Teams Coach, on a staff led by CFL legend Ron Lancaster. Hamilton advanced to the Grey Cup with his assistance, losing the championship on a heart-breaking, last-second field goal by the Calgary Stampeders.
Tracey started at defensive back from 1982 through 1986 with the Guelph Gryphons, winning the team’s most improved player award in 1982, and a Vanier Cup in 1984. He saw action as a punt returner, leading the team in 1983. In 1986, he was the football nominee for the Mitchell award as the Male Sportsman of the Year. Tracey was a team captain in 1986, and was named to the Gryphon Team of the Decade in 1989 at cornerback. He holds the school’s record for the longest fumble return (61 yards, set in 1983), and most games played in a career (51). Tracey is also ranked second in Guelph’s history for games started, with 49.
1984 Vanier Cup Champions Pat Tracey #29, Mike Knighton, Steve MacMillan, Daryl Skuse (back)

1984 Vanier Cup Champions
Pat Tracey #29 (left), Mike Knighton, Steve MacMillan, Daryl Skuse (back)

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