Drew Gordon, 73, a Glenside native, 2009 Pennsylvania state champion football coach at La Salle College High School, and star quarterback at Bishop McDevitt High School in the 1960s, died Monday, September 4 at his home.
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the cause of death has not been announced, though the 1968 McDevitt grad had been living with a heart condition.
Gordon, longtime owner and president of Gordon Truck Leasing, coached the Glenside Gorillas in a local youth league and became head coach at La Salle where he won the Philadelphia Catholic League championship his first season.
His teams won five more league titles and four straight District 12 championships during Gordon’s nine seasons as head coach.
He is in athletic halls of fame at La Salle, Bishop McDevitt and Villanova, and the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame honored him in 2010 as an influential contributor to amateur football. He also worked for 17 seasons as an analyst for Villanova football radio broadcasts.
“He was a fiery competitor,” his son, who also served as Mr. Gordon’s offensive coordinator at La Salle, told The Inquirer. “He was a type-A guy who had a compassionate side. As tough as he was, he cared about the players.”
For more on Gordon’s life in words and photos, you can click here. You can also view a tribute video from La Salle College High School friends, colleagues and players below:
Photos: Clem Murray via The Inquirer, X.com, Villanova University