Gerry Gimelstob

Gerry Gimelstob (1951-2017)

Teams coached: George Washington Colonials
George Washington record: 58-55 (.513)
Overall record: 58-55 (.513)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1981-1985 George Washington
1977-1981 Indiana (asst)
1973-1975 Indiana (grad. asst)

Gerry Gimelstob Facts

  • Gerry Gimelstob
  • Born March 3, 1951
  • Died March 18, 2017
  • Hometown: Newark, New Jersey
  • Alma Mater: University of Rhode Island (BA, 1972) / Indiana University (MA, 1975)
  • Played two seasons for head coach Tom Carmody and the Rhode Island Rams (1970-72)
  • First coaching experiences were as a graduate assistant (1973-75) and later assistant coach (1977-81) under legendary Indiana Hoosiers head coach Bob Knight; was on staff for IU’s 1981 NCAA National Championship
    • Gimelstob first met Knight when the latter, who was coaching Army at the time, ran a basketball camp in West Point, NY
  • Hired in 1981 to be the head coach at George Washington, leading the Colonials for four seasons
    • Went 58-55 overall; notable players he coached include NBA draftee Mike Brown and future collegiate head coaches Mike Brey and Joe Dooley
  • Gimelstob, who was Jewish, also coached the United States teams for several years in the Maccabiah Games; was the head coach in 1985 when the US won a gold medal in Israel
  • Moved into the private sector in 1990, owning and operating McDonald’s restaurants in Maryland
  • Passed away in 2017; survive by his wife, Sandy, and their two children, Rikki and Ross

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