Has played/coached with Kyle Walters, coached Mike O'Shea in his CIS career. Only 1 year in the CFL as special teams coach with Hamilton in 1998. Despite relatively little "pro" coaching experience, he's got good insight into the Canadian style game, he's capable of coaching special teams and D, and he's used a number of trick plays on special teams in the past, including his one year in Hamilton, and that should fit in with the creativity O'Shea has shown he likes. Plus having O'Shea as HC who's actually coached CFL special teams will only help if there happen to be any struggles for Tracey. I think this hire has pretty good potential, and not just on the coaching side. They bolstered the US scouting side by hiring Govea and McManus earlier. By hiring Tracey and pairing him with Walters, both guys will or should have a wealth of contacts amongst the coaching ranks and be able to gather a lot of insight into the CIS draft eligible players. This potentially raises our CIS scouting ability to the highest level it's been at in recent memory.
From the Queens website:
Pat Tracey joined Queen’s in 2000 as Special Teams Coach and Recruiting Coordinator, and moved to his current post in 2001, becoming a full-time assistant to Coach Sheahan in 2008. [i]Tracey is recognized nationally and internationally as a defensive specialist,[/i] and is the dean of current OUA defensive coordinators. In 2011, the Gaels defence did not concede a single rushing touchdown in the regular season. [i]He enters the season with 105 career wins as a CIS defensive coordinator and the CIS leader with 14 career shut-out victories.[/i]
Tracey has mentored many exceptional defensive players during his time at Queen’s, including four CIS award winners, eight OUA award winners, 39 conference All-Stars and 16 CIS All-Canadians. The Gaels defence has lead the OUA in several categories under his guidance including number one ranking against the Run 5-times, Pass 2-times, Overall 5-times and Scoring 4-times). He has coached the East team in recent CIS East-West Bowl games, serving as DB coac in 2003, Defensive Coordinator in 2004, and Special Teams coordinator in 2005, 2007 and 2008. Tracey was the Special Teams Coach for Canada at the 2007 Global Football Championship, held during the week of Super Bowl XLI, which the Canadians won for the third straight year. In 2009, he guided the Gaels defence to a Vanier Cup championship, as they finished as the top defence within the OUA.
Tracey has also been deeply involved in coaching at the national level, as he was the Defensive Coordinator for the Eastern Ontario U-17 team at the Football Canada Cup, winning bronze medals in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and capturing a gold medal in 2009.
Prior to joining Queen’s, Tracey coached with the Guelph Gryphons from 1987-97 and 1999.
At Guelph, he held numerous positions including Defensive Backs and Return Units (1987-88), Inside Linebackers and Return Units (1989-90), Defensive Coordinator (1988-94), and Special Teams Coordinator (1996-97). He was the team’s recruiting coordinator from 1995 until leaving for Hamilton in early 1998. He coached in three Yates Cup finals with the Gryphons, winning two.
Tracey spent the 1998 season on a leave of absence from Guelph, and joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as Special Teams Coach, on a staff led by CFL legend Ron Lancaster. Hamilton advanced to the Grey Cup with his assistance, losing the championship on a heart-breaking, last-second field goal by the Calgary Stampeders.
Tracey started at defensive back from 1982 through 1986 with the Guelph Gryphons, winning the team’s most improved player award in 1982, and a Vanier Cup in 1984. He saw action as a punt returner, leading the team in 1983. In 1986, he was the football nominee for the Mitchell award as the Male Sportsman of the Year. Tracey was a team captain in 1986, and was named to the Gryphon Team of the Decade in 1989 at cornerback. He holds the school’s record for the longest fumble return (61 yards, set in 1983), and most games played in a career (51). Tracey is also ranked second in Guelph’s history for games started, with 49.
Tracey is a native of Foxboro, Ontario, and resides in Kingston with his wife Denise, and daughters Devon and Darby.