VARSITY GETS THEIR MAN!
MTW is excited to announce that a major coaching fixture in the GTA for almost 30 years Tom Gretes is the new Head Coach of the Wildcats Varsity Program. He’s a veteran of 30 High School seasons and 15 University seasons. Dozens of the best Toronto HS players as well as former CIS and CFL defensive players, Olineman, QB’s, running backs and receivers can name Coach Gretes a major reason they excelled at the school, University and Pro levels. He will be announcing his staff next week.
As a player, Gretes was a 4 year starting defensive back for the University of Toronto Blues where he graduated in 1981 from the Physical and Health Education program.
Tom began teaching and became the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach of the Northern Secondary School football program, where he remains today, guiding the squad to 11 city championships and two Metro Bowls . At the same time Tom coached the U of T Varsity Blues defensive backs in intermittent years (1982, 1986, 1994) and was the offensive line coach of the 1993 Vanier Cup championship team. His latest stint at U of T was as an assistant in 2010.
He became York University’s full-time defensive coordinator in 1995 leading a York defense that was consistently among the nation’s best in all defensive categories. In his inaugural season as head coach in 2001, York qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1997. Then he continued to elevate the profile of the program by guiding the team to four consecutive playoff appearances earning OUA Coach of the Year honours in 2002. The team then went on to host its first-ever and only home playoff game and record its first and only playoff victory over Ottawa. Coach Gretes truly was the face of York’s resurgence and heyday in football neither York or U of T has seen since.
York has played football for 51 years and in Tom’s 11 seasons at York from 1995-2006, he helped recruit and produce over half of York’s All time OUA All-Stars, its’s only CIS rookie of the year, 5 of its 9 CIS 1st team All Canadians, ALL of its 2nd team All-Canadians, two of it’s four JP Metras Award Winners (Top Lineman) and 3 of the 5 OUA Rookie of the Year winners. Amongst these greats are current Toronto Argonauts DE Rickey Foley, SB Andre Durie and former Argo FB Jeff Johnson.
Lest we forget Marcello Lio the York QB record holder and great European Pro who is also our current MTW Peewee coach!
And many don’t know Tom was instrumental in the development of many High School, OVFL, University and professional coaches such as Mike Benevides who would become a current CFL coach and Head Coach of the BC Lions from 2013-2014, Frank Panos a two time OVFL Coach of the Year Award winner, and Ryan Clutterbuck, current Team Ontario Coach.
After a great career at York Tom accepted a position as instructor and administrator for the York School of Kinesiology and Health Science while returning to Northern as Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator were he remains today. He is also popular amongst National and Provincial coaches who bring him on staff for their various camps and tryouts.
Tom began working with MTW as a director right after York were he remains as our Director of Football Operations and Coaching and has helped MTW President/Founder Chuck Richardson guide the MTW program during its expansions of 2007 (Bantam) and 2013 (Tyke, Atom and Peewee).
When he is not on the field, Tom enjoys golf, gardening and following the Toronto Maple Leafs. His wife, Sophie, is also a graduate of U of T as is his son George (25 and former MTW QB/Coach) and daughter, Nicole (23).
Needless to say this is a good fit, a long time coming and for MTW and it’s future varsity players a very, very, good day!