Mention the name Dennis Gilbert and instantly one thinks of St. Joe’s football. He became a starter immediately as a sophomore holding down a defensive backfield spot. For his senior season Dennis was named to the starting quarterback post. This meant double duty as he was still the mainstay of the defensive backfield. Perhaps his most memorable game was his last as a high school player against arch rival Canisius, when he scored the Marauders only touchdown, passed for the two point conversion and knocked down a pass in the winning moments of the game, preserving an 8-6 victory.
After graduation in June 1984, Dennis returned in the fall to assume the reins of the Junior Varsity football program and was a mainstay for 21 years. He returned to the Marauders JV program in 2008 and took over the varsity program in 2010. In his first year at the controls he led St. Joe’s to a share of the league championship and won the Monsignor Martin Playoff Championship. In 2011, the Marauders were once again the league champions.