Gordon Tech College Prep is excited to announce that former GT standout, Tom Kleinschmidt, has been hired as the Head Basketball Coach for his Alma Mater. Tom will become Gordon Tech’s 16th Head Coach. He takes over a program that has produced quite a few future NBA coaches, including greats such as Dick Versace, Dan Chubrillo, and Bob Ociepka. During his time at GT, Tom played under the late Steve Pappas.
Tom left an incredible legacy at Gordon Tech as an athlete, arguably the best basketball player to ever lace a pair of gym shoes for the Rams. He was an all-state selection his senior year and was fortunate enough to be chosen to play in the McDonald’s All-American game. He still holds the record as the school’s all-time scoring and rebounding leader.
He later became a star at DePaul University, where he was a three-time first team All-Great Midwest Conference pick. He was the conference player of the year and an AP honorable mention All-American as a senior in 1995, making him the first conference Player Of The Year winner in DePaul history. In his DePaul career, Kleinschmidt scored 1,837 points (16.3 per game). He was the first Blue Demon to amass over 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists, 100 steals and 100 three pointers. In 2010 Tom Kleinschmidt was inducted into the DePaul University Hall of Fame.
After DePaul, Tom was fortunate enough to play professionally in Italy and Venezuela, but made his biggest impact playing professionally in Japan. While playing in the Japanese Super League, Tom played for three teams: Bosch, Mitsubishi and Toshiba. Twice in his career he led the league in scoring; he led the league in assists four times, and was the league’s MVP twice. After retiring from basketball, Tom served as an assistant coach at DePaul University, and most recently coached at York High School in Elmhurst.
Coach Kleinschmidt will now have an opportunity to leave a different legacy at GT. He is very excited about having the chance to grow and develop a successful basketball program. The Gordon Tech family is thrilled to welcome back one of its best, and looks forward to continued success for our storied program.