GUELPH, ON – Gryphon Athletics is proud to announce the addition of Wally Gabler as the new Assistant Manager of Intercollegiate Programs within the University of Guelph's Department of Athletics. Gabler, who has spent the past two years serving as the Director of Sport Operations at Ontario University Athletics, will assume his new role with the Gryphons beginning August 10, 2017.
"Wally has accumulated some incredible experience over his career that makes him a perfect fit for this role," says Scott McRoberts, Director of Athletics at the University of Guelph. "Having Wally on board will help propel our intercollegiate program forward and will provide our coaches with the proper support they need in order to excel at the highest level," adds McRoberts.
The University of Guelph currently boasts the third-largest intercollegiate program in Ontario, and seventh-largest in Canada, with over 800 varsity athletes deriving from 31 different varsity teams. As the Assistant Manager of Intercollegiate Programs, Gabler will be responsible for leading a team of 24 head coaches while also managing key operational aspects of the intercollegiate program.
"I am absolutely thrilled to be returning to the University of Guelph," says Gabler. He would go on to add that, "Guelph is already an established leader in Canadian intercollegiate sport and the holistic development of its student athletes, coaches and support staff. I am excited about being part of such a tremendous Athletics program and one of the best Universities in the country."
Over the past 30 years, Gabler has been involved with interuniversity sport in a wide range of roles including student-athlete, coach, facility manager and, most recently, sport administrator. Prior to joining the OUA, Gabler spent 10 years serving as the Coordinator of Interuniversity Sport at Wilfrid Laurier University where he was responsible for the administration and delivery of Laurier's 23 varsity sport programs.
Before moving into the administrative side of University sport, Gabler's coaching career spanned 12 years starting at Centennial High School in Guelph and making stops at both the University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University. While at Guelph and Laurier, Wally was a full-time football assistant and coached several different positional units including quarterbacks, running backs and defensive backs. Wally also gained experience as a coordinator, working with the Golden Hawk football team as both an offensive coordinator as well as a special teams coordinator. During his tenure at Laurier, Gabler was part of the Laurier football coaching staff in 2004 and 2005 when the team won back-to-back Yates Cup titles. In 2005, the Golden Hawks were Vanier Cup champions with Gabler serving as the team's special teams coordinator.
As a student-athlete at U of G, Wally was the Gryphons starting quarterback while also handling punting duties. Gabler helped lead the Gryphons to a pair of Yates Cup titles in 1992 and 1996. In 1996, Gabler was named the recipient of the Dalt White trophy as MVP of the Yates Cup in 1992. In the spring of 2017, Gabler was named to the Gryphon Football "Team of the Decade" for the 1990's as both a quarterback and punter.