Family legacy

Scott Gillespie shoots during practice at the Storzer Center while his father and coach, Bob Gillespie, looks on.

It’s the mid 1990s.

Ripon College men’s basketball coach Bob Gillespie is addressing his new team before another season at the J.M. Storzer Center.

A ball bounces in the background, causing the coach to yell for silence.

The culprit? His youngest son, Scott.

“I came to practice every day,” Scott said. “I’d be shooting at the side hoops and he would yell at me for shooting while he was talking.”

Fast forward to Feb. 19, 2011. Scott is still bouncing the ball at the Storzer Center. But now, the stakes are higher. He’s the starting point guard for Ripon College, it’s Senior Night, and the Red Hawks must win to advance to the conference tournament.

And win they do, 86-61, over conference foe Beloit.

After the game it sinks in for the Gillespies. That was Scott’s last competitive game on the court that bears his fathers name — “Bob Gillespie Court.”

“It was emotional,” Scott said of that final game. “It was the last time I got to play on that court — his court.”

Read the full story in the March 17, 2011 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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