William C. “W.C.” Gorden

College Career

Tennessee State University (1949-1952)

• All Mid Western Conference

• 4 year baseball letterman at first base and team captain

• 2 year football letterman at wide receiver

• Served in U.S. Army (1953-1955)


Coaching Career

Eva Gordon High School (1956-1966)

• Athletic director, head football, baseball, basketball and track coach

Temple High School (1966-1967)

• Athletic director and head football coach

• High School Football Negro Big 8 Conference State Champions (11-0 record) (’66)

Jackson State University (1971-1972, 1976-1994)

• Head baseball coach

• SWAC Baseball Title (’72)

• Interim head football coach (’76)

• Head football coach (’77-’91)

• Claimed all or part of 8 SWAC football titles (’80-’82, ‘85-’88, ‘90)

• Athletic Director (1991-1994)

• 1994 SWAC Hall of Fame


Did You Know?

Coach Gorden’s hobby is listening to jazz music, and he has an extensive collection of over 5,000 jazz albums.

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