James Macgregor was born in Scotland but brought up in London,
England. Playing soccer his whole life, he played his first
district level competition at the age of 9 with players three
years older than himself. At the age of 13 he started to train
with Tottenham Hotspurs Soccer Club of the English Premiership,
going through their youth system playing in their youth teams.
He left Tottenham at the age of 16, deciding to sign professionally
with Barnet Soccer Club, where he made his debut in the English
League three weeks after his 17th birthday. In his first full
professional season he played in 21 matches and scored 7 goals.
The following season saw him become a regular starting player
and he also made his debut in the F.A. Cup competition.
After only a month of his second professional season, Macgregor
sustained a serious leg injury and his future as a professional
player was in doubt. After a 12-month recuperation, he decided
to attend the University of Wales to begin a BA in Sport, Health
and Physical Education. Upon completion
of this degree he obtained a Masters in Sport Psychology and
His second year of university saw him return to soccer, representing
his university in national competition. Scoring 12 goals in
his first season and 18 in his second, he was chosen for the
Welsh Universities representative team, touring both Ireland
and the Netherlands. He was then offered a contract with Bangor
City to play in the National League of Wales.
having never fully recovered from his original injury, the demands
of the professional game became too much. This led Macgregor
to retire from soccer at the age of 23. With a year of his Masters
degree to go, Macgregor became a qualified coach and took up
a position as Assistant Coach with his University team. Realizing
that his qualifications and experience were leading him in this
direction, he also earned money while still a student by setting
up his own soccer school for children.
Upon leaving the UK, Macgregor spent two years teaching in Poland
before coming to Canada in 1995. He began working at Concordia
University soon after in the Department of Continuing Education,
where he still works today.
He returned to the game of soccer only when his daughter started
to show an interest in the game. This led him to volunteer
as a coach with Westmount Recreation, which he did from 2002
to 2006. He was also Head Coach of the Westmount Highlanders/Lachine
A women’s team from 2002 to 2007, during which time he
took the team from house league to Metro League Division 1.
Now a Canadian citizen, his expertise and experience as a high
level player, his coaching qualifications, his experience as
a coach of boys and girls of all ages, his academic qualifications
and his teaching experience make his Soccer School one of a