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Coach Jon Gordon
Head Boys Cross Country Coach

Coach Jon Gordon
Position: Head Boys Cross Country Coach
Email:Gordon.Jon@Marist.net
Birthday: Oct 11
Profile: (Photo above of Jon Gordon in the 1990 NCAA GLIAC XC Conference Championships)

In 2017, Coach Jon Gordon arrived at Marist High School. It was a GREAT season. Marist qualified for the IHSA State Cross Country Championships, as a TEAM, for the first time in 19 years. Marist also had the individual ESCC Varsity Cross Country Champion.

Gordon arrived at Marist after serving as the Head Cross Country Coach at Northside for 13 years. During his tenure at Northside he was a finalist for the 2016 ITCCCA Coach of the Year Award. In 2016, the Northside Men finished 18th in State, and the Northside Women finished 6th in State.

Northside also won the 2016 IHSA Regional and Sectional Title. The Northside Women won three consecutive Chicago Public League Titles in Cross Country (2014-2015-2016), and the Northside Men won the Chicago Public League Title in 2009.

Gordon also had 100 IHSA State Qualifiers in Track, including two indoor State Champions. Northside won the 2012, 2013, and 2016 IHSA Sectional Titles in Track and Field.

Prior to Northside, Gordon served as the Assistant Cross Country Coach for the University of Chicago, where he helped the Mens Team win their first NCAA UAA Title in the history of the program, and also served as the Middle Distance Coach for the University of Chicago Track Program, where he had All-Americans in the 1500 meter run, and the Distance Medley Relay.

Prior to his appointment at Chicago, Gordon coached at St.Johns in Orange Park, Florida, where he was Clay County Boys and Girls Coach of the year, coached the National Gatorade Cross Country Athlete of the year (Michael James), and had three consecutive State Meet appearances, and qualified a record 30 athletes to the State Track & Field Championships.

Gordon has a law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law, and was a former Law Clerk for Justice Charles Freeman of the Illinois Supreme Court.

During his collegiate career, he was Captain of the Northern Michigan University Cross Country Team, earning an NCAA record, five Varsity letters in Cross Country (granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA after medical hardship). In Track, Gordon earned NCAA GLIAC All Conference honors in the 1500 (4:07) and 3000m (9:10). He is a member of Glenbrook North High School’s College Wall of Fame.

To better serve the students from IHSA member schools who participate, the executive director of the IHSA, Marty Hickman, appointed Coach Jon Gordon to the IHSA advisory committee for the Sport of Cross Country. Gordon was appointed to the committee to share his knowledge and expertise in planning and developing guidelines for the sport. Coach Jon Gordon served on the IHSA Cross Country Advisory Committee through 2013.

In 2007, Olympic Gold Medal Winner Billy Mills, featured in the movie, “Running Brave”, traveled all the way from California to visit Coach Jon Gordon and his highly motivated Cross Country TEAM the night before the CPS Cross Country Championships.

Olympic and elite Athletes that have visited Gordon's Teams from 1999-2018 include: Todd Williams, Chris Siemers, Jamie Nieto, Jon Drummond, Hazel Clark, Sam Vazquez, Edwardo Torres, and Nico Composto.

 
 
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