The NAL is fortunate to have John Gregory as it first Commissioner. Commissioner Gregory’s resume, which include 2 Grey Cups in the CFL, is unequaled in Arena and Canadian Football. He completed his Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa and Earned his Master’s Degree at Mankato State University.
Commissioner Gregory began playing football along with basketball, baseball and track at Webster City High school where he earned 11 varsity letters and played on 2 undefeated teams. He was elected Captain of the team, MVP, named to the Elite 1st Team and All State Team. He is also in the Webster City Hall of Fame. His college career was at the University of Northern Iowa where they had an undefeated season and a conference championship.
Commissioner Gregory’s Coaching career has had many successful stops including in the AFL and AF2, he was the Offensive Coordinator of the Tampa Bay Storm, the Head Coach and Director of Football Operations for the Midwest Division Champion Iowa Barnstormers, the Head Coach and Director of Football Operations for the Arkansas Twisters where he tied the record for most wins in a season, the Head Coach and Director of Football Operations of the New York Dragons in Long Island NY. Then it was back to the Barnstormers for 5 division championships and an appearance in the Arena Bowl. While there is also Coached a Quarterback named Kurt Warner, you may have heard of him.
He also had an unparalleled career in the Canadian Football League. Commissioner Gregory was with the Calgary Alberta Stampeders as Pro Scout and Offensive Line Coach. Then it was on to Hamilton Ontario to become the Tiger Cats Head Coach and General Manager. While there he made the playoffs 4 out of 5 years. I Saskatchewan with the Rough Riders He was Head Coach and Director of Football operations. While there he took a team with 11 losing seasons in a row and in one year turned them into a team with the #1 offense in the league and in 2 years, they won the 1989 Grey Cup. He was selected Coach of the year that season. In Winnipeg, With the Blue Bombers, He made the playoffs every year he was there, and in 1984 the Bombers led the league in rushing and won a Grey Cup (That’s 2 for those of you keeping score) and, He was named CFL Coach of the Year (That’s 2 of those as well).
John Gregory has been successful in High School at his alma mater as Offensive coordinator at the University of North Iowa, Head Coach at South Dakota State, where he still holds the record for most wins in a season, Iowa Central Community College where he boasted a 24-3- record.
Some of John Gregory’s Awards Not Previously Mentioned
- Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame 2010
- Arena Football Head Coach of the Year 2009
- University of Northern Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame 2003
- Head Coach of the Year, Arena Football League, 1996, 1995
- Saskatchewan Roughriders Hall of Fame, Canadian Football League, 1996
- Best Offensive Line of the Year, Canadian Football League Players Association, 1984
- Inductee, KJFJ Webster City Hall of Fame, 1994,
The Commissioner is married to Dr. Carolyn Gregory who is also a UNI graduate. She has her Ph.D in Molecular Genetics from the University of Manitoba. Her career was as a research Scientist and she was a faculty member at 3 medical schools.
They have three adult children, Todd, Boyd, and Sonya; a daughter-in-law Sylvia They have four grandchildren, Cole Gregory, Teyla Gregory and twin granddaughters Jasmine and Jossilyn Krueger.