St. Francis Borgia Regional football Head Coach Dale Gildehaus is headed to the hall of fame.
Gildehaus will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Sunday, Nov. 4, at Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis. He will be one of 18 individuals and two high school sports programs to be honored during the event.
“Honestly, it seems unreal, even at this point,” Gildehaus said Wednesday at the press conference to announce this year’s class. “It’s hard to believe I’m a part of this with these gentlemen who were here today. These are the people I grew up watching and still watch. We watch Frank Cusumano every day. To be a part of them, I’m humbled and I’m honored.”
Gildehaus said there are many who have contributed to the program’s success of the years and they are what brought about this induction.
“Do I deserve this?” Gildehaus asked. “I didn’t do anything special. If it wouldn’t be for the kids, my assistant coaches and St. Francis Borgia, which I am so fortunate to be a part of my entire life. They gave me the background and learning. Without them, none of this would be possible.”
The enshrinement will start at noon with reception and the banquet portion will begin at 1 p.m. Tickets are now on sale. Please see www.mosportshalloffame.com or call 417-889-3100 for further information.
Gildehaus, already a member of the Truman University Athletic Hall of Fame and the Missouri Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, has been selected for the Class of 2018.
Technically, Gildehaus already is in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the Northeast Missouri State (now Truman State) University football teams honored in 2012.
Headed into Friday’s home game against Cardinal Ritter to determine the Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division championship, Gildehaus has won 258 games as Borgia’s head coach. He’s in his 32nd year at the helm of the Borgia program and he has been in charge for one state championship (1993) and two state semifinal runs.
“It brought tears to my eyes when they called me about this honor,” Gildehaus said. “Today is the anniversary of the day I lost my daughter (Stacy). Mom and Dad and everybody else up there is shining down. This is something I believe is not possible. I can’t believe I’m here. If it wasn’t for Mom and Dad, Mom working two jobs and Dad hard at work, this wouldn’t be possible. I was the first one in my family to go to college. Just thinking about this brings chills down my spine. I’m not speechless very often, but this is one of those times.”
Gildehaus feels there is plenty of room in the hall of fame for others from this area.
“I think back to all of the deserving people and wonder, why me?” Gildehaus asked. “I think of Harold Flanagan, Jim Scanlan and Del Rinne. I think of Dave Neier. I think of Bill Miller Sr., look at what he’s done for high school sports. And I’m this one who was named? No, I’m not as deserving as a lot of other people from Franklin County. I thank them and hope I can represent Washington well.”
The rest of the induction class consists of:
• Isaac Bruce, former St. Louis Rams wide receiver;
• Jackie Joyner-Kersee, six-time Olympic track and field medalist;
• Mark Buehrle, Major League Baseball pitcher;
• Bernard Gilkey, former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder;
• Irv Goode, former lineman with the St. Louis football Cardinals;
• Bill McDermott, “Mr. Soccer” as a player and announcer;
• Dr. Matt Matava, St. Louis Rams and Blues doctor;
• Pete Woods, former Mizzou quarterback;
• Al Nipper, former Major League Baseball pitcher;
• Karen Davis, longtime St. Joseph’s Academy volleyball coach;
• Frank Cusumano, KSDK TV sports director;
• Jim Halliburton, standout swimmer and coach currently with Saint Louis University;
• Myron Holtzman, former sports editor of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat;
• Travis Brown, coach and administrator with St. Louis Public Schools;
• Mark Edwards, former Washington University men’s basketball coach;
• Dan Rolfes, Incarnate Word Academy basketball coach;
• Terry Michler, CBC soccer coach; and
• Donn Sorensen, of Mercy, is being honored with the President’s Award for his support of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
The two programs being honored are:
• Incarnate Word girls basketball; and
• CBC boys soccer.
The event is being presented by Great Southern Bank.
Besides tickets, there also are sponsorship and advertisement opportunities available. Please see mosportshalloffame.com or call 417-889-3100 for additional information.
The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame is located in Springfield and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.