Ducks Name Gilmore Coordinator of Student-Athlete Retention & Development

June 22, 2001

EUGENE - Deryk Gilmore has been hired as Oregon's coordinator of student-athlete retention & development, coach Mike Bellotti announced Friday. Gilmore fills the newly created director position that replaces the former Teamwork coordinator job.

A member of the 1986 national champion Penn State team, Gilmore spent the last seven years at Illinois. He was the director of football operations last season and an academic counselor for four years prior to that. He spent his first two seasons in Champaign in the Illini ticket office.

In the new position of director of player development, Gilmore will assume the responsibilities of coordinating Oregon's on-campus recruiting efforts. The New York City native will also work in conjunction with Oregon's academic counseling staff in monitoring the Ducks' more than 100 football players as they progress toward their diplomas. He will also assist players with job placement when their on-field careers are done.

'Once they get on campus, I will be with these players every step of the way from their first fall camp through graduation and beyond,' said Gilmore. 'We want to prepare these student-athletes for challenges they will meet both at Oregon and after college.'

Gilmore, 33, comes well prepared to aide in the classroom. During his tenure as an academic counselor at Illinois, the Illini had 40 Big Ten all-academic selections and two Academic All-Americans. In 1999, his last year as an academic counselor, all 22 of Illinois' seniors graduated.

'I looked at what Oregon has accomplished and what coach Bellotti has done and I felt that this was an opportunity to join one of the top programs in the country, one that can compete for the national championship year in and year out, and that was very important to me' said Gilmore. 'It was also a chance to live in a different area of the country and that was attractive for me and my family.'

After graduating from New York's Cardinal Hayes High School in 1985, Gilmore went on to win two letters for Joe Paterno at Penn State and played on the 1986 national championship team that defeated Miami 14-10 in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year's Day, 1987.

Gilmore received a B.S. in agriculture business from Penn State in 1990. He earned a M.B.A. and a M.S. in sport management from Illinois in 1996. He and his wife, Camille, have two sons: Dantae' (10-25-98) and Deion (4-23-00).

TRANSACTION WIRE: OREGON - Named Deryk Gilmore coordinator of student-athlete retention and development.

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