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Barresi named head football coach at University of Ottawa

The Canadian Press

1/15/2013 2:37:45 PM

OTTAWA, Ont. -- Jamie Barresi is returning to the University of Ottawa.

Barresi was named Ottawa's head coach and program manager for the Gee-Gees football program. He played quarterback at the school for four seasons and began his coaching career there in 1981.

"When I played here there was a real swagger and confidence," Barresi said in a statement. "There was an expectation -- we felt it was our right to be in the championship.

"The Gee-Gees still have that expectation."

Barresi, a native of Hamilton, earned his undergraduate degrees from Ottawa in kinanthropology in 1980 and education in 1982. He also holds a Master of Science degree from Penn State and a Master of Arts degree in Sport Administration from the University of Florida.

Barresi completed his doctorate in exercise and sports science from Penn State in 1992, specializing in motor learning and control.

After his playing career ended, Barresi served as a coach with the from 1981 until 1983. He then spent 20 seasons coaching in the NCAA at such schools as Penn State, Florida and Wake Forest, before returning to Canada.

Barresi became the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' offensive co-ordinator in 2004 and since then has also coached with the B.C. Lions, Saskatchewan Roughriders, and Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Last year, Barresi served as the Edmonton Eskimos' run game co-ordinator.