Ex-Alouettes player, Bishop’s and McGill coach Coulter dead at 90

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MONTREAL — Bruce Coulter, who won a Grey Cup with the Montreal Alouettes in 1949 and went on to coach at the university level at McGill and Bishop’s, has died. He was 90.

McGill announced his death Wednesday in a statement. There was no immediate word on the cause of death.

Coulter, a Toronto native, graduated from the University of Toronto and played senior football for the Balmy Beach club before joining the Alouettes.

He never missed a game in 10 seasons as a defensive back and backup quarterback for Montreal. Coulter, who played in consecutive Grey Cup games from 1954-56, was named to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

Coulter began his coaching career at McGill in 1958 and led the Redmen to the Yates Cup league title and Churchill Bowl national championship in 1960.

But Coulter’s name is mostly linked to Bishop’s, where he became head coach and director of athletics in 1962 and went on to serve 29 seasons before stepping down as coach after the 1987 season.

At the time, he held the all-time wins record for a coach in Canadian university football with a 137-80-2 record. He stayed on as athletic director until 1990.

Coulter won the Frank Tindall Trophy as coach of the year in 1986, was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws in 1988 and was added to Bishop’s Wall of Distinction in 1992. He was also inducted to the Sherbrooke, Que., sports hall of fame in 2015.

The Bishop’s football stadium was renamed Coulter Field in 1991. In 1995, the Bruce Coulter Award was established to be presented to one of the outstanding players in the Vanier Cup.

In 2016, he and his wife Joyce launched the Coulter Family Fund to provide funding to Bishop’s athletes.

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