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UPDATE: Brian Gordon Accepts Position as Athletic Director in Novi

The Novi Board of Education voted Thursday to approve the hiring of Royal Oak High School Athletic Director Brian Gordon.

Novi has picked its new athletic director and it's Royal Oak High School's Brian Gordon.

Gordon has served as the athletic director and assistant principal at since 2010.

His hiring became official when the Novi Board of Education voted to approve it at its meeting Thursday. Sports practices for the fall high school season begin next week.

“Novi is one of the premier school districts in the state and this is a dream job,” Gordon said in a statement.

"Mr. Gordon will be an excellent addition to our administrative team,” said Novi Supertintendent Dr. Steve Matthews, in a statement. “He understands and is passionate about athletics. He will come to Novi and work hard to maintain the tradition of Novi Wildcat athletics and continue to move our athletic program forward."

“Mr. Gordon understands the importance of athletics, and he understands how it can contribute to the overall academic focus of our district,” Matthews said. “He will be a tireless worker for us. I look forward to having Mr. Gordon in our district.”

Gordon is being hired to fill the position after Christian Wilson in July. Wilson served in the AD position for less than a year after for a position at this past September.

Novi has approximately 1,500 student athletes in more than 60 programs.

According to the Board of Education meeting information packet, Gordon was chosen from a pool of 100 applicants after an "aggressive recruiting process" by the district. The applicants were pre-screened to narrow down the candidates to 13, who were interviewed by a committee. The field was then narrowed down to three, who were interviewed by a bigger committee, shown the athletic facilities, and finally interviewed by Supertintendnet Dr. Steve Matthews.

According to the Board of Education meeting information packet, Gordon has the following experiences:

  • Gordon has been employed by the Royal Oak School District since 1991. He was a PE teacher from 1991-2010. During that time, he also served four years as the K-12 coordinator for health and physical education.
  • Gordon was the varsity baseball coach in Royal Oak from 1995-2010. He also was an assistant football coach for six years, a junior high football coach for seven years, and an assistant basketball coach for three years.
  • Gordon served as health advisory chairperson for four years and was on the curriculum cabinet for eight years. He served as the in-house suspension director for three years, as well.
  • Gordon has also raised money and organized camps for athletics.
  • Gordon received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in physical education and a minor in health education from Central Michigan University in 1990. He received his Master of Arts degree in sports administration from Wayne State University in 2000.
al carter July 31, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Mr. Gordon will be missed! He is a very dedicated teacher, Athletic Director, Assistant Principal and person! Our loss is Novi's gain! Good luck Mr. Gordon!
Shane Cromwell July 31, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Mr. Gordon was complete trash at his job. Every student in royal oak agrees. he was low down and shifty in the way he conducted his work and he cared more about himself then whats best for the school. he will not be missed in the least bit especially by royal oaks student body. some advice for novi students: change schools as soon as you possibly can because you dont want Gordon there. trust me.
Christy Strawser August 01, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Can someone tell me why changing jobs is breaking news? Really? Is Jesus parting the waters?
Judy Davids (Editor) August 01, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Should Novi Community Schools hire Gordon, it leaves Royal Oak High School without an AD just days before the start of the fall athletic season. Additionally, Gordon is an assistant principal for roughly 1,500 students at the high school.
Sam Parker August 01, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Gordon is a pompous jerk. Royal Oak's gain is Novi's loss. Good riddance!!!!!
Jerry Stempien January 16, 2013 at 12:46 PM
This guy is a complete douche. Can't stand him at novi. Why he thinks he is so powerful is beyond me. He must of had a very bad childhood to be this way. Maybe his parents didn't love him?
zach roush February 17, 2013 at 02:53 AM
mr.Gordon is the most inconsiderate douche ever. he's breaking down the wrestling room in 3 days and told us only a 5 days ago.

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