Wagoner pays tribute to former basketball coach Joe Gordon | Basketball

Former Wagoner Boys basketball coach Joe Gordon speaks during a court nomination ceremony on Tuesday.

Ian Maule, Tulsa World

Bryce McKinnis World of Tulsa

WAGONER — Former Wagoner athletic director and men’s basketball coach Joe Gordon, for whom the Bulldogs’ home court was named this week, was honored Tuesday night during the intermission between the girls’ and boys’ games against Locust Grove.

“(Gordon) is a model of character, honesty, hospitality, servant’s heart, professionalism and people skills,” said longtime Wagoner PA announcer Sheldon Sperling, “a towering figure and authoritative who maintained decorum in the stands, school, gymnasium and community.

In his 21 years as Wagoner coach, Gordon has 355 wins, six 20+ seasons, a 1999 state runner-up and four state tournament appearances – a WHS record. He resigned as the boys’ coach in 2008.

Standing by the red ‘W’ on the Bulldogs’ center court, Gordon addressed the Bulldog faithful, yards from a new court stamp displaying his name in thin, black script, below ‘SHORT’ in text red framed by two thick horizontal black lines, on the right wing of the east half court.

“You’re not going anywhere unless you have people behind you, with you,” Gordon said, pointing to his signature on the hardwood. “I am truly blessed.”

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