John Gregory Death, Obituary – During this trying time, we want John Gregory’s family and friends to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Today, John Gregory passed away at the age of 84 years old, having lived a full life. The Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1996, the year after they won the Grey Cup in 1995. The championship was held in Saskatchewan. Gregory was the head coach of the squad throughout the 1989 season and guided them to victory in the final game.
Gregory took a job in the offensive line coaching department of the Canadian Football League in Winnipeg in 1983 after accepting the post. Prior to that, he had served as a coach at South Dakota State University for a total of ten years. Previously, he was the head coach at South Dakota State University, where he worked for a number of years. After picking him for the post, the Roughriders appointed him as head coach of the team in the year 1987. Because of his leadership, the Roughriders qualified for the playoffs in 1988, which was the first time they had done so since 1977. The following season, they went on to win their second championship in the history of the Canadian Football League (CFL).
The Canadian Football League recognized him with the Annis Stukus Trophy in 1989 for his remarkable efforts as a head coach and presented it to him as a token of their gratitude. Prior to taking over as head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for portions of four distinct seasons, he served as head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders for a combined total of five different seasons. In order to take the position of head coach and general manager of the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League, he uprooted his life and moved back to the state of Iowa, where he was born and raised.
This was necessary so that he could accept the position. A total of 12 seasons were spent by him as a head coach in the Arena Football league, with eight of those seasons being spent with the Barnstormers. Overall, he spent a combined total of 24 years playing in the league.