Igesund is a record-breaking coach in South Africa, having become the only man to coach four different top-flight teams to the Premier Soccer League championship. He first made his name when he led unfashionable coastal team Manning Rangers to the inaugural PSL title in the 1996/97 season. He followed this up in the 2000/01 season with another title, this time at the helm of Soweto giants Orlando Pirates. He proved his critics wrong the very next season, taking another unfashionable team, Cape Town’s Santos, to a surprise PSL title in 2001/02. But the nomadic Igesund was soon changing his allegiance again, this time moving to Ajax Cape Town, the satellite club of Dutch giants AFC Ajax. Igesund’s time with Ajax proved rather unsuccessful and he left the team at the end of the 2005/06 season. He then replaced Sundowns’ co-coaches Miguel Gamondi and Neil Tovey. Igesund added to his record number of PSL titles leading Sundowns to a comfortable PSL win in 2007.
Under Gordon Igesund leadership South Africa national team were knocked out in a dramatic penalty shootout defeat against Mali on 2 February 2013 after the match ended in a draw during the 2013 quarter finals. On the 3rd of June 2014, SAFA announced that they will not be renewing his contract with the South African national football team.
Igesund's ancestry can be traced as far back as 1752 in Skotset More og Ramsdal, Norway. His great-grandfather and great-grandmother and Isak Mathinus Isaksen Igesund (12 October 1851 in Igesund, Herøy - 1928 in Port Shepstone) and Dorthe Petrine Sorendsdtr Brekke (3 February 1853 in Brekke, Sogn og Fjordane - 1897 in Port Shepstone) arrived as part of the 229 Marburg Norwegian Settlers who sailed on the “Lapland” from Aalesund departing on July 14, 1882 and arriving on 29 August 1882 at the Umzimkulu River, Port Shepstone to settle in Marburg and build the Norwegian Settlers Church which still exists today. Norwegian origin surnames were given by the area they were born in. Igesund's ancestors are from Igesund, Møre og Romsdal, a small farming community island near Alesund. His Austria-born son Grant Igesund (born in 1982) is also a retired professional footballer who played as a striker for Ajax Cape Town, Manning Rangers and Maritzburg United among others.