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Nov. 12, 2019
Being the son of Ottawa Rough Rider great, Gary Schreider Sr., the younger Gary began playing sports at a young age. Gary played the sports his father played, baseball and football, through high school here in Ottawa. Gary attended Hillcrest High School here in Ottawa and played football for the high school and baseball in the Rideau Park community, Gary attended Queen’s University and played football there for the Golden Gaels for 5 years, winning a Vanier Cup in 1978.
After graduation from Queen’s Gary was hired to teach high school in the Ottawa Catholic system where also coached sports that included volleyball, touch football, hockey, field lacrosse and of course football. In 1995 Gary lead the St. Matthew Tigers to a city championship as well as being awarded the Jim Coode Coaches Award. After 30 years in the classroom and coaching Gary left to become the NCSSAA Athletic Coordinator, where his role was to coordinate and run all high school sports played in the National Capital Region. During his time in this role Gary helped in running OFSAA Provincial High School Championships held in Ottawa for Girls Volleyball, Boys Basketballs, Boys and Girls Rugby and Curling, Girls Hockey and Field Lacrosse. In the spring of 2016 Gary was the convenor for OFSAA Boys A/AA Hockey and in the fall of 2018 Gary was the convenor for
OFSAA Boys Football held at TD Place. In June of this year, 2019, Gary retired and is presently enjoying retirement life. He joined the Ottawa Sports Awards Board in 2019.