- College Baseball's
winningest coach from April 24, 1993 until February, 1999.
Gordie died on February 28, 2015 at the age of 88.
Gordie Gillespie is a true sports legend in the Joliet area. For over 45 years, Gordie coached more than 1,000 student athletes from Lewis University, Joliet Catholic High, and College of St. Francis, all of whom benefited from his guidance and knowledge. Many have graduated to the professional ranks in football, basketball and baseball after learning the value of hard work and discipline that is a hallmark of all Gordie teams.
Gordie Gillespie graduated from Kelvyn Park High School in Chicago, and then attended DePaul University where he starred under Head Basketball Coach Ray Meyer. He toured with the College All-Stars when they battled the Harlem Globetrotters and eventually turned down a contract with the NBA Rochester Royals to teach and coach.
Gordie began his coaching career in Joliet in 1950, when he became Head Basketball Coach at Lewis University. Three years later, in addition to being Head Basketball Coach, he became Head Baseball Coach. He remained at Lewis in the role of Head Baseball Coach and Athletic Director until 1976.
In 1976, he became the Athletic Director at the College of St. Francis. Between 1976 and 1993, he was also Head Women's Basketball Coach, Head Baseball Coach, and Head Football Coach. He served as Athletic Chairman from 1986-1995.
In addition to his duties at Lewis University and the College of St. Francis, Gordie was also Head Football Coach at Joliet Catholic High, winning five Class 5A Championships for the school.
In 1996, Gordie became the Head Baseball Coach at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin.
While most coaches are proficient in one sport, Gordie is the ultimate "coaches coach", being able to create championship teams in football, baseball and basketball.