Tom Gilmore (American football)

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Tom Gilmore
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1964-09-25) September 25, 1964 (age 54)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
Playing career
1982–1985 Penn
1986 BC Lions
1988 New York Knights
Position(s) Defensive lineman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1986 Penn (GA)
1987–1989 Columbia (DL)
1990–1991 Penn (OL)
1992–1995 Dartmouth (OL)
1996 Dartmouth (LB)
1997–1999 Dartmouth (DC)
2000–2003 Lehigh (DC)
2004–2017 Holy Cross
Head coaching record
Overall 72–81
Tournaments 0–1 (NCAA D-I playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
1 Patriot (2009)
Ivy League Player of the Year (1985 )
NFF & College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete (1985)
AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year (2001)
Patriot League Coach of the Year (2006 & 2009)
New England Coach of the Year (2009)

Tom Gilmore (born September 25, 1964) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently a Defensive Analyst at Wake Forest University.

Gilmore is second on the all-time coaching wins list at Holy Cross. He took over a program that suffered 10 losing seasons in the previous 11 years and turned in a winning season in just his second year, including a win over the #10 ranked Lehigh, his previous coaching stop. His teams progressively improved, just narrowly missing three championships by a total of 5 points before claiming Patriot League title in 2009. That 2009 team lost a close match-up with eventual national champion Villanova in the national playoffs and finished with a #14 national ranking. He coached winning teams in eight of his 14 seasons.

Gilmore is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania and a former defensive lineman on the Penn Quakers football team. Gilmore also played one summer for the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League and one summer for the New York Knights of the Arena Football League. Prior to taking the head coaching position at Holy Cross, Gilmore served as an assistant at Penn, Columbia University, Dartmouth College and Lehigh University.

Gilmore was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Irish-born parents; Jack Gilmore & Sarah "Sadie" (Boyce) Gilmore. He has older brothers John and Jim (Ohio State & NFL player) & two younger siblings, Mike (Lycoming College Athletic Hall of Fame) and sister Mary Ann (LaSalle College). He attended St Bartholomew Parish grade school and then Northeast Catholic High School for Boys. At North, he was selected to the All-Catholic League teams in three separate sports - football, wrestling and track. He graduated in 1982 from North Catholic with high honors and received the school's most prestigious award, the Provincial's Medal of Honor. He was inducted into the North Catholic Alumni Hall of Fame in 2014, Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2009 and Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

As a football player at the University of Pennsylvania, he was a 4-time Ivy league Champion. He was named team captain in 1985 and was a 3-time All-Ivy League selection as a defensive lineman, as well as second team All-American in 1984 and third team All-American in 1985. He established new school career records for quarterback sacks and tackles for loss and received numerous team awards including the George Munger Award (Team MVP) and the Chuck Bednarik Award (Top Lineman).[citation needed] As a senior, he was named the Ivy League Player of the Year (Asa S. Bushnell Award), one of only two linemen to ever win the award before it was divided into two awards for Offense and Defense in 2012.

An Academic All-American at the University of Pennsylvania, Gilmore graduated in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in computer mathematics.[1] He received the Class of 1915 Award as Penn's top male Scholar-Athlete at graduation. He was also selected as one of the 12 members of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Team in December, 1985. He was named to the University of Pennsylvania Football All-Century Team in 2000 and was inducted into the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Holy Cross Crusaders (Patriot League) (2004–2017)
2004 Holy Cross 3–8 1–5 6th
2005 Holy Cross 6–5 3–3 4th
2006 Holy Cross 7–4 4–2 3rd
2007 Holy Cross 7–4 4–2 2nd
2008 Holy Cross 7–4 5–1 2nd
2009 Holy Cross 9–3 5–1 1st L NCAA Division I First Round
2010 Holy Cross 6–5 4–2 T–2nd
2011 Holy Cross 6–5 4–2 2nd
2012 Holy Cross 2–9 2–4 4th
2013 Holy Cross 3–9 1–5 T–6th
2014 Holy Cross 4–8 2–4 T–5th
2015 Holy Cross 6–5 3–3 4th
2016 Holy Cross 4–7 2–4 6th
2017 Holy Cross 2–5 1–1 Fired after 7 gms
Holy Cross: 72–81 41–40
Total: 72–81
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ "Holy Cross Head Coach Tom Gilmore" (PDF). College of the Holy Cross. College of the Holy Cross. Retrieved 27 December 2014.

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