Tom Gilmore (American football)

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Tom Gilmore
Biographical details
Born (1964-09-25) September 25, 1964 (age 59)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
Playing career
1982–1985 Penn
1986 BC Lions
1988 New York Knights
Position(s) Defensive lineman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1986 Penn (GA)
1987–1989 Columbia (DL)
1990–1991Penn (OL)
1992–1995 Dartmouth (OL)
1996Dartmouth (LB)
1997–1999Dartmouth (DC)
2000–2003 Lehigh (DC)
2004–2017 Holy Cross
2018 Wake Forest (OLB)
2019–2022Lehigh
Head coaching record
Overall81–108 (.429)
Tournaments0–1 (.000) (NCAA D-I playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Awards
  • Ivy League Player of the Year (1985)
  • NFF & College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete (1985)
  • AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year (2001)
  • Patriot League Coach of the Year (2006, 2009)
  • New England Coach of the Year (2009)

Tom Gilmore (born September 25, 1964) is an American college football coach and former player. He was head coach of the Holy Cross Crusaders from 2004 to 2017 and the Lehigh University Mountain Hawks from 2019 to 2022.

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Early life and education

Gilmore was born in Philadelphia to Ireland-born parents Jack Gilmore and Sarah "Sadie" (Boyce) Gilmore. He has four siblings, John, Jim (an Ohio State and NFL player), Mike (a Lycoming College Athletic Hall of Fame member), and Mary Ann (LaSalle University).

Gilmore attended St. Bartholomew Parish grade school and then Northeast Catholic High School for Boys, where he was selected to the All-Catholic League teams in football, wrestling, and track and field and to the Philadelphia All-City teams in football and wrestling. He graduated in 1982 from Northeast Catholic with high honors and received the school's most prestgious award, The Provincial's Medal of Honor. He was inducted into the Northeast Catholic Alumni Hall of Fame in 2014, Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2009 and Football Hall of Fame in 2014. He received the Travis Manion Career Achievement Award from the Philadelphia Catholic League in 2024.

Gilmore attended the University of Pennsylvania and played football for the Penn Quakers. He graduated from Penn in 1986, with a bachelor's degree in computer mathematics. [1]

College Football Career

Gilmore was a defensive lineman for the Penn Quakers. He also played one summer for the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League and one summer for the New York Knights of the Arena Football League.

As a college football player at Penn, he was a four-time Ivy League champion. He established new school career records for quarterback sacks and tackles for loss and received numerous team awards, including the George Munger Award (Team MVP) and the Chuck Bednarik Award (Top Lineman). He was named team captain in 1985 and won the Asa S. Bushnell Award as the Ivy League Player of the Year, one of only two linemen to ever win the honor before it was divided into separate awards for Offense and Defense in 2012. He was selected three times to All-Ivy League teams, two times to All-East teams, and twice to All-American teams.

Also an Academic All-American, he received Penn's top male scholar-athlete award at graduation and was selected as one of the 12 members of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Team in December 1985. He was named to the University of Pennsylvania Football All-Time Team in 2020, to its All-Century Team in 2000, and was inducted into the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017.

College Football Coaching Career

Gilmore served as an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Lehigh University, and Wake Forest Unversity. His first stint as a college football head coach was with the College of the Holy Cross, where he is second on the program's all-time coaching wins list. At Holy Cross, he took over a program that suffered 10 losing seasons in the previous 11 years and turned in a winning season in just his second year. His teams progressively improved, just narrowly missing three championships by a total of 5 points before claiming a Patriot League title in 2009. That 2009 team lost to eventual national champion Villanova in the national playoffs and completed the season ranked 14th nationally. Gilmore was named the New England Coach of the Year and was twice named the Patriot League Coach of the Year while at Holy Cross.

From 2019 to 2022, Gilmore was the head coach of Lehigh University. [2] [3]

Head coaching record

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffs
Holy Cross Crusaders (Patriot League)(2004–2017)
2004 Holy Cross 3–81–56th
2005 Holy Cross6–53–34th
2006 Holy Cross7–44–23rd
2007 Holy Cross7–44–22nd
2008 Holy Cross7–45–12nd
2009 Holy Cross 9–35–11stL NCAA Division I First Round
2010 Holy Cross6–54–2T–2nd
2011 Holy Cross 6–54–22nd
2012 Holy Cross 2–92–44th
2013 Holy Cross 3–91–5T–6th
2014 Holy Cross 4–82–4T–5th
2015 Holy Cross 6–53–34th
2016 Holy Cross 4–72–46th
2017 Holy Cross 2–51–1
Holy Cross:72–8141–40
Lehigh Mountain Hawks (Patriot League)(2019–2022)
2019 Lehigh 4–73–3T–3rd
2020 Lehigh 0–30–33rd (South)
2021 Lehigh 3–83–34th
2022 Lehigh 2–92–4T–4th
Lehigh:9–278–13
Total:81–108
      National championship        Conference title        Conference division title or championship game berth

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References

  1. "Holy Cross Head Coach Tom Gilmore" (PDF). College of the Holy Cross. College of the Holy Cross. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  2. Groller, Keith (21 Nov 2022). "Lehigh football coach Tom Gilmore resigns after four seasons". The Morning Call. Retrieved 23 November 2022.
  3. "Tom Gilmore resigns after four seasons as Lehigh University football coach". WFMZ.com. 21 Nov 2022. Retrieved 23 November 2022.