Kiernan Gordon joined Ohio Dominican as an assistant coach in 2009-10 and now begins his third season with the Panthers. Gordon brings an abundance of coaching and administrative experience to Coach Artie Taylor’s staff.
Gordon helped the Panthers reach the conference tournament championship game in 2009-10, the program’s first since 2002. Working primarily with ODU’s big men, he aided in the emergence of junior Aaron Gibbs as a second team All-GLIAC selection in 2010-11 and helped develop two All-Association of Independent Institutions performers in sophomores Aaron Gibbs and John Trew in 2009-10. Gordon also served as the head coach of the South in the second annual Ohio Small College All-Star Game in 2010.
Before arriving at ODU, Gordon spent 2007-09 as an assistant for Coach Luke Flockerzi at Skidmore College. While at Skidmore, Gordon helped the program increase its win total each year while tutoring the Thoroughbreds’ post players. He managed film exchange, assisted in opponent preparation, and created and coordinated the Thoroughbreds’ strength and conditioning program, while aiding in the development of two All-Liberty League performers. He also helped recruit several members of the program’s first ever NCAA tournament team, including five members of the Liberty League All-Academic team. In addition to his duties with the basketball program, Gordon also served the college as a Residence Hall Director.
In 2006-07, Gordon interned at the Atlantic Coast Conference for
Fred Barakat, former Associate Commissioner/Director of Men's
Basketball Operations. His work with the ACC included heavy
involvement in the management of the 2007 ACC Men's Basketball
In 2005-06, Gordon worked in Basketball Operations for Coach Bart Lundy at High Point University. The Panthers finished that season with a record of 16-13, losing to eventual Big South Conference Champion Winthrop in the conference tournament’s semifinal game.
From 2002-05, Gordon worked as an assistant to Coach Gordie Johnson at the University of California, Santa Cruz. While at UC Santa Cruz, Gordon served as recruiting coordinator, coordinated the strength and conditioning program, oversaw the development of UCSC's post players, and helped develop two All-Independent West Region performers.
Gordon is a veteran of the national camp circuit, having worked camps at various institutions including Air Force Academy, Davidson College, Elon University, Hoop Group, Skidmore College, UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, University of Tennessee, and Wake Forest University.
Gordon is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is a member of the NABC’s Research Committee, as well. Gordon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal Processes of Interaction from UC Santa Cruz and a Master of Science degree in Sport Studies from High Point University. He is currently working toward a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Sociocultural Aspects of Sport from The Ohio State University.
A native of northern California, Gordon was a prep standout at Piedmont Hills and Del Mar High Schools in San Jose. While at Del Mar, he played for former UCLA All-American and NBA guard Raymond Townsend, Jr. He and his wife, Lori, M.B.A ’11, reside in Columbus.