LOCK HAVEN – For the past 30 years, Lock Haven State College (LHSC) graduate Norm Gordon ’73 has provided philanthropic support to Lock Haven University’s cross country and track and field programs for which he has already competed.
Since 2018, Gordon has also been a volunteer member of the Lock Haven University Alumni Association Board of Trustees, and although he graduated nearly 50 years ago, he has remained connected to LHU through many focused efforts. on service and philanthropy initiated jointly with his fraternity brothers Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE).
Now retired, Gordon aims to leave an even bigger mark on the college and athletic program that is close to his heart. It does this through the creation of two scholarships: the Norm Gordon Athletics Scholarship and the Norm Gordon Athletics Endowment.
“I have seen firsthand how much financial support means to students at the University of Lock Haven,” said Gordon. “I really hope that my support of the athletics program will help provide an experience similar to what I had at The Haven for future LHU student-athletes.”
Attracted to LHSC by the strength of its physical and health education program, its size and the beauty of its surroundings, Gordon’s greatest mentor was at LHSC, his trainer, Jim Dolan.
Under Dolan’s tutelage, Gordon was named All-Region three times in cross country – competing at nationals all three times – and also won a track and field trip to nationals to compete in the steeplechase.
In addition to coaching Gordon as a student-athlete, Dolan remained a friend and mentor throughout Gordon’s career.
After earning a master’s degree in athletic training from the University of Virginia (UVA), Gordon began his career in 1975 when he was hired at George Mason University (GMU) as its first athletic trainer and track coach. of the University. He also served as GMU intramural director and assistant cross country coach.
He coached with GMU for 24 years, winning numerous regional Coach of the Year awards and a National Coach of the Year (track) award in 1995. In total, Gordon coached over 100 All Americans , 10 NCAA champions and five Olympians.
He credits much of his professional success to lessons learned from Dolan.
“The guidance I received from Coach Dolan, professionally and personally, was profound,” said Gordon. “Honoring Jim Dolan’s legacy is one of the main reasons I’m so passionate about giving back to Lock Haven University.”
“The University of Lock Haven is a great little environment, where students can form impactful relationships that will last a lifetime,” he added. “LHU graduates are proof that small colleges generate quality individuals prepared for great success in all industries.”