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Springfield approved the hiring of Eric Gillespie to be thier head coach for 2011. After a successful 9-3 campaign in 2010 the Wildcats fell to 2-8 in 2011 under first year head coach Adam Taylor who stepped down after the season. Taylor took the job on ahort notice after former front man Rick Robertson moved on to Oakwood following the 2010 year. Robertson's move for perconal reasons handcuffed Springfield and Taylor as the two just never meshed. Springfield is 21-22 since the merger of North and South four years ago.
Gillespie graduated from Stebbins in 1983, went on to play football at the Citadel. After graduating he began his coaching journey as an assistant at Sycamore in 1988, Middletown from 1987-90 and Chaminade Julienne from 1991-97. He waas named head coach at Fairborn where he went 14-16 from 199-2001, then he moved onto Hamilton where hte Big Blue went 0-10 under his reign in 2002. If things couldn't get any worse he was arrested for DUI before the start of the 2003 season and thus lost his job. Gillespie resurfaces as a head coach in 2005 at Franklin Heights where his program went 3-7 then 4-6 in 2006. The past five years he has been at Richmond (IN) where the Red Devils where 20-31, including five losses to East Central, under his guidance. Gillespie stands 41-70 overall in 11 seasons as a head coach.
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