A local coaching legend recieved a big-time honor on Tuesday.
Barnsdall’s Joe Gilbert has coached everything from baseball to football, fast-pitch and slow pitch softball. Gilbert has also served as the boys basketball coach, and he currently serves as head coach of the girls basketball team.
This is year No. 64 for Gilbert in coaching, all at Barnsdall Public Schools. Gilbert has totaled more than 3,900 wins - and as a result he is being inducted into the NFHS National High School Hall of Fame.
Gilbert says he knows not many people get this recognition.
Gilbert says would like to thank everyone in the Barnsdall community for being able to achieve this honor.
The Hall of Fame ceremony will take place this summer. Gilbert, who is 86 years old, becomes just the ninth Oklahoman inducted into the national Hall of Fame. Johnny Bench, John Smith, and JC Watts are other notable names from the Sooner state.
The National High School Hall of Fame was founded in 1982 by the National Federation of State High School Associations to honor high school athletes, coaches, officials and administrators.