(1959 - )

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SPORT | Hockey, Football, Track and Field

POSITION | Coach, Executive Member

YEAR OF INDUCTION | 2022

Builders

Grace, Gord

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Gord was a well-rounded athlete playing travel hockey and baseball. During his time at John McGregor Secondary School, he was an all-star playing on championship football, basketball and track teams. During his football career (1979-1983) with the University of Waterloo Warriors, Gord was a Varsity Letterman winner. While he was a highly successful athlete and coach, Gord earned a Bachelor of Mathematics Degree and made his mark in sports administration.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS


1990 – Coach of the Year for the London Beefeaters in the Ontario Junior Football League


1991 – Gord became an assistant coach with the Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks winning the Yates Cup as OUA football champions, followed by the Vanier Cup as national champions.


1994-1996 – Gord attended the University of Michigan where he earned his Master of Science in Sports Administration. Gord was a Graduate Assistant with the Michigan Wolverines for three seasons including the 1995 Holiday Bowl winning team. In 1996, he was the Athletic Development Coordinator at the University of Michigan.


1997-1999 – Gord was head coach of the Mount Allison University Mounties, in Sackville, N.B.

1997 - Led the Mounties to the Atlantic Conference Jewett Cup championship, and was named conference Football Coach of the Year.


2000-2002 – Gord was Mount Allison University’s Director of Development.


2002-2013 – Gord moved closer to home to become Athletic Director at the University of Windsor, with a mandate to bring the Lancers to the forefront of Canadian University Athletics. Gord successfully developed a comprehensive plan to generate revenue, while developing student-athlete recruitment to rebuild the Lancers' athletic program. This created a winning culture that led to 15 CIS National Championships and 24 OUA Provincial Championships in the 11 years. As well, two Canadian Overall Athlete of the Year winners and over 500 All-Canadians.
In 2012, Gord was named International Athletic Director of the Year from the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. He also received the Windsor-Essex County Sports Person Executive of the Year award. Among his accomplishments, Gord managed over $20-million in major renovations for the University which included the Stadium, Forge Student Fitness Centre, Athletic Lobby and Office Complex. Gord also establishes the University’s Student Association Student Union’s Athletic Advisory Board to strengthen relationships and develop the Lancer Blue & Gold Scholarship campaign which generates $350K annually for incoming/returning student-athletes.
During his time at Windsor, Gord was also heavily involved in numerous provincial, national and international ventures, including:
2005 - Pan-Am Junior Athletic Championships, U of W, Marketing and Fundraising Chair


2008 - Canadian Track Championships and Olympic Trials, U of W, Marketing Chair


2009 - Sport Manager-Team Canada, 2009 Summer Universiade Games, Belgrade Serbia


2010 - Vancouver Winter Olympics, Hockey Host Services Volunteer


2010-2012 - President, Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Board of Directors


2010-2012 - Board of Directors for Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS)


2012 - President Elect of CIS Board of Directors (now U SPORT)


2013 - Chef de Mission for Team Canada at 26th FISU World University Winter Games, Trentino Italy


2013 - Gord left the University of Windsor to become Chief Marketing Officer of U SPORT


2014 - Gord was named President and CEO of Ontario University Athletics, he currently oversees 20 Ontario universities across 23 sports, involving 500 teams, 10,000 athletes and 40 championship events.


2019-Current - Gord actively serves on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Sports Network (OSN) and Canadian Council of Provincial & Territorial Sports Federation (CCPTSF). He also serves on the Board of Directors for Football Canada.


Gord and Michelle currently reside in Burlington Ontario and have two adult children Rylee and Clark.