RIP: Gerry Gimelstob
the mv
 3/21/2017 7:12:10 PM      Replies: 20

the mv3/19/2017 3:30:56 PM

Raftery just mentioned Gerry passing away this weekend.  Can hardly believe it.  Probably around 70 as a guess.  My prayers go out to his family and friends.


alum13/19/2017 3:34:19 PM

Just heard the same. Funeral home notice only thing online so far. RIP Coach Rage on. 


alum13/19/2017 3:36:21 PM


the dude3/19/2017 3:46:08 PM

RIP Gerry. Just 66 I believe, sad news. Heard Raftery announce the news about Gerry on the Kent/Wich St game, with a GW shout out.


mentzinger3/19/2017 3:55:15 PM

The coach who introduced me to GW Basketball.  Sad news and a big loss for the Colonials community. 


bigfan3/19/2017 4:00:45 PM

Did not know him, but this news is terrible.

Condolences to his family.


tennessee colonial3/19/2017 7:12:48 PM

Sorry to hear this. RIP.


maine colonial3/19/2017 7:36:52 PM

What a shame. Gerry graduated from URI in 1972 and will miss seeing the Rams tonight. I sure hope they win tonight for the A10 and for Gerry. To give him credit, he had a winning record at GW: 58-55. 


ziik the bomb thrower3/19/2017 7:48:43 PM

I once waited for a bus with him in DC. He was not good at waiting.

I wonder what his former players will say, if anything

bo knows3/19/2017 9:00:31 PM

Sorry to hear the news. Prayers and condolences to his family. I think he was last on campus this past Summer.


alum13/19/2017 10:15:40 PM

The part of college hoops that we don't hear about often enough.....

"I was raised by my grandparents," Darryl Webster said as people began to file into the gym. "My grandfather never got beyond the fourth grade. I was lucky to graduate from high school. I had a 2.0 grade-point average and bad SATs. But Gerry took a chance on me. I came here and got into the remedial education program before my freshman year.

"Even then, it was a struggle at first. Gerry had a rule we had to go to study hall every day or come here and run around the building at 5 o'clock in the morning. I went to study hall. Sometime my sophomore year, the light went on. I had never really like to read. All of a sudden, I loved to read. It changed my life."



the mv3/20/2017 10:19:50 AM

I wanted to write a bit more about Coach Gimelstob this morning.  As someone who spent a lot of time around his teams, I can assure you that he was well-trained by Bobby Knight.  GG arrived at GW intent on becoming a bit of a Knight clone, from the way his teams played (virtually always in man-to-man defenses) to his ability to strongarm and intimidate others.  As a student, I was more than intinidated.  I once asked him a question in a press conference and received an immediate cold stare followed later by a private lecture.

That all said, GG was not without a sense of humor.  Prior to the start of a season, I asked him to appear on my radio show and he agreed to do it in person.  He was very comfortable, laid back, not at all acting like a bully.  He agreed to take some calls and a caller wanted his opinion of Playboy Magazine naming GW one of it's "teams to watch" for the upcoming season.  His response was priceless.  "First of all, do your parents know that you read Playboy Magazine?"  We about lost it.  Not only was it a great line delivered in a perfect deadpan delivery, but it came from a guy who we had no idea had any sense of humor.

His prize recruit of course was Mike Brown, a big man who went on to enjoy a 10 year NBA career with the Bulls and Jazz.  Mike played high school ball with Troy Webster who would arrive at GW a year later.  Mike Brey transferred in to play for GG.  Darryl Webster, Chester Wood, Joe Dooley, Joe Wassel, Mike O'Reilly...all Gerry Gimelstob recruits.

GG's termination from GW largely came about after a very scary and ugly incident which I won't go into here.  Suffice it to say that it was the kind of episode that had it happened today, the dismissal would have been immediate.  Steve Bilsky, the school's AD at the time, allowed GG to finish the year and then refer to the parting as a resignation.  GG never returned to coaching.  He found success as a Mcdonalds franchisee, purchasing several locations in Anne Arundel County.  His nephew is Justin Gimelstob, the former tennis pro who today does a lot of commentary for The Tennis Channel.


mentzinger3/20/2017 10:28:44 AM

So sad to hear my friend Gerry Gimelstob passed away. He had a great basketball mind and I loved talking hoops with him. I always appreciated his support and friendship throughout my coaching career, especially after our good friend Jack Bruen died. They were both intense competitors to say the least. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gimelstob family. R.I.P. Coach Gimelstob!

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jersey guy3/20/2017 10:44:27 AM

I was at GW during the Gimelstob era, he was certainly a character.  Fun games, fiery off the bench and entertaining basketball.  His palyers also took academics seriously (at least the ones in my classes)  Was potentially the beginning of a great era in GW Bball, but made me a Colonial fan  for life!!


notta hater3/20/2017 11:56:02 AM

I missed his whole era. I had graduated and was in law school and nose always buried in the books or working, interning or writing. I followed the team and his coaching only in the press even after I had moved out of the area. I recall being happy that the team was starting to move in the direction of a modern DI program after the bad slide we were in during the 80 or 81 season. But this was all before the internet and being able to capture the mood of the program from the alum, faculty and the students made it hard and you tracked only "W's" and "L's" - What I always found interesting was post-GW he did not merely leave GW, he left hoops completely and never understood if it was the money or he simply did not enjoy coaching at that level. I am sorry he has passed. It seems he was too young to go. I wish his family nothing but blessings and peace.

merrick3/20/2017 12:19:48 PM

I don't post a lot, but have mentioned this before.  I sat behind the GW bench for three years as a student and one as an alum at GWU--and I would deem him as one of--if not THE angriest person I've encountered my entire life.  The maniacal eyes and red-faced screaming and yelling at his players (many seated while the game continued), are among my most vivid memories of attending GW!  Players would look away disgusted--and I may be wrong, but I think Coach Talent brought Mike Brey to GW, not Gimelstob.  I've always believed Brey's positive attitude in coaching was firmly established in his one year at GW, where he left saying, "i'm never going to be as much as f***wad as the guy I just played for."  Most obsevers would probably agree that his teams underperformed as well.  


Having said all that, it's not for me to judge the rest of his career and I'm in no position to assess how he treated people off the court, but the mere mention of his name does not bring out warm and fuzzy memories.  Still, RIP Gerry Gimelstob and condolences to his family and friends.             

notta hater3/20/2017 12:26:49 PM

doing a little research on which season the team crashed out was interesting. Man, we used to play some darn good teams - UVA, Tech, Auburn . . . and that was during an under 30 game schedule of the era.

the mv3/20/2017 12:32:35 PM

Merrick, that's exactly why I wanted to mention the Playboy magazine story.  Most people likely never had a glimpse of this side to him.  But I do agree with your assessment.  I always felt that he was used to coaching Indiana-caliber players and was always exasperated that GW players could not compete at nearly this high a level. 


ziik the peasant3/20/2017 1:48:27 PM

GG recruited some really solid players. But, he bulked them up (my opinion), to the point that they were a bit too slow to always run a man to man defense.

He was so slavishly following the Knight doctrine that he hurt himself and his program. Too bad, because he was able to recruit.

jwf3/21/2017 6:07:26 PM

Spent the 2-3 hours almost daily for four years with Coach G. Very volatile personality to say the least but he cared deeply and worked long hours. Knight disciple showed minimal flexibility when it came to using his personnel. Refused to leave man to man D. He did an excellent job recruiting metro DC (Cheddar Cheese Wood, Darryl Webster and Tim Dawson) as well as tri-state area (Troy, Mike O and the player at GW to have the best NBA career Brownie). Not sure what other posters are talking about with regard to his leaving. He had many detractors in the locker room but, nobody ever quit on him. Even though he had a run in with the SID his decision to leave was purely his. Bilsky had no plans to dismiss him.


nj colonial3/21/2017 7:12:10 PM

Sad news... he did help resuscitate GW hoops.  Remember the slogan then, "The New Washington Monument."  I can still see the program with th cover picture of Mike Brown leaning on the Washington Monument!  And when Troy Webster came to Foggy Bottom, hopes were high.  RIP Coach.

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