Nield Gordon

Nield Gordon (1930-2022)

Teams coached: Belmont Abbey Crusaders, Newberry Wolves, Winthrop Eagles
Belmont Abbey record^: 5-10 (.333)
Newberry record^: 248-181 (.578)
Winthrop record^: 160-100 (.615)
Overall record^: 413-291 (.587)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • NAIA Tournament Appearances:  3  (1975, 1976, 1977)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1978-1986 Winthrop
1963-1977 Newberry College
1958-1963 Furman (asst)
1956-1957 Belmont Abbey (asst)

Nield Gordon Facts

  • Nield P. Gordon
  • Born November 17, 1930
  • Died May 2, 2022
  • Hometown: Brunswick, Maryland
  • Alma Mater: Furman University (BA, 1953)
  • Graduated from Wingate JC (NC) then played at Furman for two years under head coach Lyles Alley; was second-team All-SoCon in 1953
    • Inducted into the Furman Athletics Hall of Fame in 1981 and had his jersey number #27 retired in 2002
    • Drafted by New York in 1953 but did not play in the NBA; toured briefly with the Harlem Globetrotters
    • Served in the United States Army before starting up his coaching career
  • Served as the head coach at Belmont Abbey (NC) – going 5-10 in his lone season there – then returned to Furman to work as an assistant under his former coach Lyles Alley for five seasons
  • Hired in 1963 to be the head coach at NAIA Newberry College (SC), serving in that role for 14 seasons
    • Went 248-181 overall, turning the program from single-digit win totals in the 1960s to three-straight NAIA Tournament appearances at the end of his tenure (1975-77)
    • Inducted into the Newberry College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009
  • Left Newberry in 1977 to become the first-ever head coach at Winthrop College, which had previously been an all-girls school; the Eagles began NAIA competition the following year and Gordon coached the team for eight seasons
    • Was 160-100 at the helm, starting the program from scratch with some members of his final Newberry squad
    • Also served as Winthrop’s athletic director until 1985; was key in planning and constructing Winthrop Coliseum
    • Inducted into the Winthrop Eagles Hall of Fame in 2005
  • After retiring from coaching in 1986, Gordon founded and ran Camp Chatuga in Mountain Rest, SC with his daughters
  • Gordon passed away suddenly in 2022 at the age of 91

Nield Gordon Coaching Tree

  • Jeff Burkhamer (West Florida, Lander, Armstrong State)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NAIA level; Winthrop participated at the NAIA level until 1986