Max GrossA local coaching legend is set to be inducted in the National High School Hall of Fame. Barnsdall coach Joe Gilbert is set to be enshrined by the National Federation of State High Schools on June 30 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Gilbert has been a coach in some capacity at Barnsdall since 1954.The longtime coach has always been fond of Barnsdall.
Gilbert currently serves as the Lady Panthers head coach in softball and basketball. He also coached boys’ basketball, football and baseball previously. Gilbert’s victories include 1,140 in fast-pitch softball, 917 in girls’ basketball, 801 in baseball, 649 in boys’ basketball, 395 in slow-pitch softball and five in football (one year). While the NFHS record book does not track total coaching victories across multiple sports, it is believed that no one has amassed the numbers that Gilbert has compiled at Barnsdall.
Gilbert has OSSAA state titles in baseball in 1980 and fastpitch softball in 2012. Gilbert led the Barnsdall’s slow pitch team to the state tournament in 2019. This 37th Hall of Fame class to be inducted.
(Photo courtesy: OSSAA)