A Samuel-Genest high school graduate, Phill Cote (BCom 2003) began his Gee-Gee football career in 1996 and had an outstanding four years from 1996 to 2000. A three-time All-Canadian quarterback (1998-2000) and three-time nominee for the Hec Crighton Trophy as Canada's most outstanding university player, Phill took home the prestigious award in 2000. Phill is the only player in the Gee Gees history to be a Hec Crighton winner and member of a national champion Vanier Cup team (2000).
Aside from leading his team to a national championship and being named the Vanier Cup's most valuable player, Phill accomplished much during his four years as the starting quarterback,
including a 77 per cent touchdown to interception ratio, a 28-4 record and uOttawa records for touchdowns scored in a season (16) and in a career (32). Both of his team records still stand today. The four year co-captain was also selected Ottawa's amateur athlete of the year in 2000 by the Associated Canadian Travelers Association.
A promising pro career was cut short by an injury, which led Phill to redirect his energy and focus on his wife and three children and on the pursuit of a career in the federal government.
The self-proclaimed family man continues to exemplify his strong yet humble leadership style which served him so well as a Gee-Gee, where he mentored and encouraged teammates to reach maximum potential. Phill commands respect among his peers by leading by example.
Phill looks forward to teaching his son all about football, just like his father had done for him.
Photo: Normand Fortier, Phillippe Côté, Clinton Archibald