Ripon College basketball court named in honor of Bob Gillespie

Bob Gillespie receives congratulations from Ripon College President David Joyce.

In a ceremony prior to Saturday’s home basketball game against Beloit College, Ripon College President David Joyce announced that Ripon’s court in Wyman Gymnasium at Storzer Center will be named “Bob Gillespie Court.”

The court was named in honor of current head coach Bob Gillespie, who is the winningest coach in Ripon men’s basketball history. Gillespie, who is in his 30th season at the helm of the Red Hawks, has compiled a career record of 482-226, which is the 33rd-most victories by a men’s basketball coach in Division III. His career winning percentage of .680 is among the top 40 in the history of Division III.

Under Gillespie, Ripon has experienced unprecedented success, as he has led the Red Hawks to six Midwest Conference Championships and 14 appearances in the Midwest Conference Tournament, including 10 in a row from 1990-2000. He also has led Ripon to the NCAA Tournament on 10 occasions, winning four NCAA Tournament games in his career.

To read the entire story, see the Feb. 18 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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