Greg Gavin saw a small school with big potential. Thirty years ago, Gavin assumed the mantle of athletic director at one of Ontario’s tiniest community colleges – Loyalist. Before the college even had proper gym facilities, Gavin envisioned great things for Loyalist and a strong bond between academics and athletes.
With a methodical approach, Gavin chose volleyball as the sport Loyalist would first embrace and soon his dedication and commitment paid off. Between 1986-2003 Gavin either coached, managed or recruited players for Loyalist Lancers men’s volleyball teams that won seven Ontario championships and brought home three medals from Canadian national finals. Gavin’s teams won three straight provincial titles from 1996-99 and two in a row from 2001-2003. Under Gavin’s guidance, the Loyalist College varsity athletic program grew to boast seven teams, one of the highest numbers for a “small” community college in Canada.
Always stressing athletics in conjunction with strong academics, four Lancers earned academic all-Canadian status in 2005-2006 and 27 garnered academic all-Ontario accolades. Loyalist College assistant athletic director Jim Buck said: “Greg Gavin took a small college with limited resources and built an athletic program that is known and respected, not only in Ontario, but right across Canada.
Born in Toronto on November 2, 1946 and now living outside Foxboro, Gavin was honoured in 2006 as a recipient of a lifetime achievement award at Loyalist. Greg Gavin dared to dream big. And Loyalist College is thankful he did.0