Oct. 28, 2011
RUSTON - One of the legends of Louisiana Tech was honored Friday afternoon as the University renamed Hideaway Park in memory of former Bulldog football player and administrator Garland Gregory.
Tech President Dan Reneau and University officials joined family and friends of the late Gregory for the ceremony held during a cool fall day in Ruston.
Reneau, Vice President Jim King and Student Government Association President Clint Carlisle all spoke of the late Gregory, who lettered for legendary coach Joe Aillet and the Bulldogs, leading the program to the Louisiana Intercollegiate Conference Championship in 1941.
Two weeks following that championship, Gregory left school to join the Fourth Air Force. He served as a First Lieutenant, played football for the Fourth Air Force Flyers and the Hollywood Bears, and after the war joined the San Francisco 49ers and was named All-Pro twice.
Gregory passed away in April, leaving a legacy that included so much more than just his accomplishments on the gridiron.
"Louisiana Tech had no better representative," said Reneau. "He was a dear friend to me; he was a dear friend to Tech."
Gregory was Tech's first All-American. He wore the title well.
"When people talk about the history of Bulldog football, Garland Gregory's name is one of the first that is mentioned in every conversation," said Tech Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde. "His legacy transcends his playing days. He was a loyal and die-hard Louisiana Tech supporter who was loved by everybody."
Following his playing career, he was a coach at Bastrop High, Virginia Military Institute and El Dorado High before joining Tech's health and physical education faculty in 1966. A 1947 Tech graduate in education (master's, health and physical education, '67), "Coach Gregory" was the College of Education's Distinguished Alumnus in 2004.
He was the University's longtime director of recreational facilities. His former players and Tech students privileged to know him will always remember him for his desire for excellence, his calm demeanor, and his high standards of character.