Drew Gordon Steps Down as Head Football Coach
Drew Gordon, one of the winningest coaches in the history of Philadelphia high school football, announced that he would complete his service to La Salle on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 after nine seasons as Head Football Coach. Gordon served as Offensive Coordinator for Coach Joe Colistra for five seasons (1994-1997, 2005) and then replaced Colistra prior to the start of the 2006 season, becoming the 14th Head Football Coach at La Salle College High School. He compiled an overall record of 91-26-0 and his 0.778 is ranked eighth among all Philadelphia High School Football Coaches in terms of Best Winning Percentages. He led the Explorers to eight appearances in the Philadelphia Catholic League Championship game, winning six (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012) including five consecutive. He is one of only eight coaches to win Philadelphia Catholic League Championships in their first season as head coach and his playoff record of 19-4 and winning percentage of 0.826 is second among coaches who have appeared in more than four playoff games.
Drew Gordon won four consecutive District 12 (City) Championships (2009-2012) and reached the Pennsylvania State Championship game twice, winning the 4A title in 2009. It was the first Pennsylvania State Football Championship for a Philadelphia Catholic League team as well as the first State Championship in school history. He finished the 2009 season with his best overall record (14-1) and ranked as one of the top teams in America. In 2009, he was named Nike Coach-of-the-Year and U.S. National Guard Coach-of-the-Year.
Gordon, who has three married children and four grandchildren, is looking forward to spending more time with his family.
An All-Catholic quarterback for Bishop McDevitt High School in 1966 and 1967, Drew Gordon went on to play for Villanova University where he set the school's passing record and held it until his son, Brett (a 1998 graduate of La Salle), broke it in 2002. He is a 1972 graduate of Villanova and a member of the Hall of Fame at both Bishop McDevitt and Villanova University. In 2010, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame presented him with the Contribution to Amateur Football Award.
Joe Parisi, the Athletic Director at La Salle College High School spoke to the success of Coach Gordon's teams and the legacy that he will leave. "Coach Gordon and his staff have done much to add to our athletics tradition of excellence. We are grateful for their efforts in molding our student-athletes into outstanding football players and true Lasallian gentlemen."