Women's Basketball Hall of Famer and Olympic gold medalist Bridgette Gordon is in her fourth year as an assistant coach at Wichita State and second year as Recruiting Coordinator.
Gordon helped WSU land the highest-ever ranked recruiting class in program history when Blue Star Basketball ranked the 2012-13 incoming class at No. 47 in the nation.
In addition to her work as a gifted recruiter, Gordon has helped Wichita State make its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, while capturing the program’s first regular- and post-season conference championships. The Shockers have advanced to post-season play in all three of her seasons and registered the school’s first post-season victory by toppling Oral Roberts in the 2012 WNIT. With Gordon on the bench, Wichita State smashed the school record for victories in 2012-13.
Her influence helped establish several student-athletes as dominant forces in the Missouri Valley Conference, guiding Jessica Diamond to two first-team all-conference selections, Haleigh Lankster to the 2011-12 MVC Defensive Player of the Year, and Alex Harden to the 2013 MVC Tournament MVP and 2012-13 MVC Defensive Player of the Year.
Gordon came to WSU after three seasons as an assistant coach at Georgia State. Along with being an assistant coach, she was GSU's recruiting coordinator her final two seasons with the Panthers, where she helped land No. 52 ranked class in the nation. Georgia State improved its win total in each season Gordon spent on the bench.
Prior to her time at GSU, Gordon spent two years as a regional scout for the WNBA. She traveled the country rating the top 50 seniors in the nation and evaluated underclassmen for future WNBA consideration.
From 2001-06 Gordon was an assistant coach in her hometown of DeLand, Florida at Stetson University, and spent her last two seasons with the Hatters as the recruiting coordinator. In 2005, she helped lead the squad to their first conference tournament championship and first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.
A 2007 inductee into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, Gordon's accomplishments on the court are nearly too numerous to count. Like Head Coach Jody Adams, Gordon was a standout performer for Pat Summitt at Tennessee. She helped lead the Lady Volunteers to the Final Four in each of her four seasons and brought back national championships in 1987 and 1989. She was named to the Final Four All-Tournament team in both of her national championship seasons and was named the Final Four Most Valuable Player in 1989.
The Lady Vols posted an impressive 115-21 record during Gordon's four seasons. She was the first freshman to ever lead Tennessee in scoring and brought home the program's first national title her sophomore year in 1987. Gordon led the Lady Vols to the Final Four all four years and was a two-time All-American. She finished her career as the NCAA Tournament leader in scoring and field goals and set a record by connecting on 17 free throws in a single game against Long Beach State in 1989.
A four-time All-SEC selection, Gordon was named the SEC Player of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year as a senior at Tennessee in 1989. She earned the league's Rookie of the Year award in 1986 and led the conference in scoring in 1988 and 1989.
Gordon holds two of the Top 10 single season scoring averages in Tennessee history by twice putting up more than 20 points per game. Her 2,450 career points scored are second only to Chamique Holdsclaw and her 917 rebounds place her eighth in the Lady Vol record books. She is also second in career steals with 336.
In 1988 she was the fourth leading scorer and one of two collegiate members of Team USA that brought home the Olympic gold medal. Gordon's .571 field goal percentage was second on the squad that went 5-0 to achieve its "Sole Goal" of "Seoul Gold".
In 2001 she became a member of the Lady Vols Athletic Hall of Fame and is one of five players to have her number retired at the school. In addition, she was one of just five players named to the NCAA's 25th Silver Anniversary team in 2006.
Following her successful collegiate career, Gordon played professionally in Italy, where she was a perennial All-Star and won seven Italian Championships and two European Cups (1994 & 1996), and Turkey, before a two-year stint with the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs.