Novi High School Athletic Director Brian Gordon, who previously announced plans to retire at the end of the 2020-2021 school year, will be part of the Michigan High School Coaches Association's Hall of Fame Class of 2021.
"It’s about the most humbling and exciting message I’ve gotten in my 31 years (in athletics)," Gordon said of the Hall of Fame news. "It means that you are going into an organization of the best coaches or administrators in Michigan high school sports. Just to be in that conversation is humbling and unbelievable.
"When I got word, two people popped into my head that I wished I could call and tell them. One was Chuck Jones, who is also a member and past president. He was the person who gave me my start at a very young age of 22 in Royal Oak. The other was my dad. My dad was also a coach. He coached at Old Pontiac Catholic and coached me growing up and was the assistant varsity coach at Clawson.
Gordon was previously inducted into the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011.
He was an Allen W. Bush Award recipient (for unsung work in creating athletic opportunities) by the MHSAA in 2019.
Gordon has served as Novi's Athletic Director for the past 11 years. Prior to joining NCSD, Gordon spent 22 years in Royal Oak schools as a teacher and administrator.
Novi was recognized in August as a National Banner Unified Champion School by Special Olympics North America. Gordon helped establish Unified Sports in the KLAA and in 2019 Novi became the first school, in partnership with the MHSAA and Special Olympics Michigan, to host a Unified basketball tournament.
He was the Oakland County Athletic Director of the Year (OCADA) and the Region 11 AD of the Year in 2018.
He has served on the executive boards of the MHSBCA and Oakland County Athletic Directors Assiciation. He has also been the president of the OCADA and Vice-President of the KLAA.
He has been an MIAAA presenter and served an an MHSAA Sport Committee Member for baseball, girls lacrosse, cheer, hockey, gymnastics, officials, site selections, Middle School, mental health, boys lacrosse and softball.
He has hosted over 200 MHSAA tournament events as an athletic director.
"As a I sit back and reflect about our my time here in Novi, I have to say that Novi is a remarkable place," Gordon said. "The kids, the community, the amazing coaching staff this place has. Barb McDougall and Ashley Bootz, the eight different co-ops who have worked in our office, the people who serve the community in terms of working our events, the thousands of officlas we’ve come across, the fellow ADs and coaches....
Everyone comes through Novi at some point. To be the perso to greet them as they walked in the door has been so rewarding. There’s nothing better than to jump on the golf cart on a beautiful spring day and go watch the kids compete, watch the coaches at their craft, and watch the moms and dads and grandparents in the stands.
"Recently, I had an umpire come over and congratulate me on retirement between innings. It shows we’re doing it right here in Novi."
Gordon finished with a 419-221 record as a baseball coach at Royal Oak Kimball from 1990-2010. During that time he his teams won five league titles, four district titles and a regional title. He was a MHSCBA All-Star Coach, an Oakland County Coach of the Year and a Detroit News Coach of the Year.
Asked about leading the athletic department during the pandemic, Gordon said: "When we’re faced with adversity in athletics, it’s amazing how people come together and work to provide opportunities for kids. We work together. That’s in the entire KLAA, with the support of the MHSAA. We have collaborated by sharing ideas, sharing frustrations, all to benefit kids. That’s what we are about.
Secondly, this has become the biggest life lesson for all of us, kids and adults. We've seen how opportunities can be taken away. I do believe we appreciate each other more and appreciate the opportunities that our kids get, our coaches get, that all of us get, and what it means to be permitted to be part of educational athletics."