Former ESU Coach Reaches
Goal Line with Football Scholarship
In 1959, Jack Gregory ’52, an accomplished athlete and physical education graduate, began a storied career as a football coach for ESU. His tenure was punctuated by his teams winning 80.6% of their games with an impressive record of 49-11-2. In 1962 his team won the PSAC Eastern Division and played in the state championship game, bringing home the PSAC Championships in 1964. But about two decades later, he paused to recall all that ESU had given him. It was then that he and his wife Peg decided to establish the Jack Gregory ’52 Football Endowed Scholarship.
“ESU is very important to me,” says Jack. “It gave me a great foundation for my professional and coaching career. I enjoyed every minute of my time at ESU. I feel that I owe the university an awful lot.” The couple has added to the scholarship every year. Then, ten years ago, they began a charitable gift annuity with ESU. This provides a stable source of income for them, and the charitable balance is earmarked to support their football scholarship, which the Gregorys hope will someday become a full scholarship.
Jack’s many ties to ESU began when he started playing football in 1950. In 1952 when he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education, he married Peg, a 1950 graduate of West Chester University. He took the helm as football coach at ESU in 1959. and coached umtil 1965. He has also worked as a scout for the Green Bay Packers, an associate athletic director at Yale, and an athletic director at Bowling Green State University for 13 years until retiring in 1995.
The Gregorys are both members of The 1893 Legacy Society and the President’s Circle, through which they give annually, and they have participated in the Warrior Plaza Brick Program at Eiler-Martin Stadium. In fact, at a special dedication ceremony on campus in October 2010, the stadium’s athletic field was named after Jack and coach Denny Douds as the Gregory-Douds Field at Eiler-Martin Stadium. At the ceremony, Jack stated, “It is great to be honored in conjunction with Denny, and my former player, great athlete, and great person Jake [Dr. Cummings A. “Jake” Piatt '61]. The real credit of this accomplishment is due to the wonderful athletes and great individuals that played for us while we were at ESU. They have helped make the football foundation that established the history of ESU.” Jack is also a former member of the University Foundation Board.
Currently part-time residents of Pennsylvania (Glen Mills) and Florida (Ft. Myers), Peg and Jack are proud of their contributions to the university and want to encourage other alumni to support ESU through their wills and with planned gifts. “A charitable gift annuity is a great way to support the university,” he says. “Peg and I think alums should investigate the values of a charitable gift annuity. It’s worthwhile for both ESU and us.”
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