May 18, 2014
NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame held its 2014 Induction Banquet & Awards Ceremony Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena, and all-time Lady Vol basketball great Bridgette Gordon was among those honored.
Gordon and Vol football standout Paul Naumoff were members of the 2014 induction class of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, while baseball's Todd Helton was named the 2014 Tennessean of the Year.
Former softball pitcher Ivy Renfroe was recognized for her fine 2013 season, while Nashville television sports anchor Hope Hines was bestowed the 2014 Pat Summitt Lifetime Achievement Award.
A standout performer for Coach Pat Summitt at Tennessee from 1985-89, Gordon was a 2007 selection to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. She helped lead the Lady Volunteers to the Final Four in each of her four seasons and brought back national championships in 1987 and 1989. She was named to the Final Four All-Tournament team in both of her national championship seasons and was named the Final Four Most Valuable Player in 1989.
Gordon was the first freshman to ever lead Tennessee in scoring and brought home the program's first national title her sophomore year in 1987. A two-time All-American, Gordon was also a four-time All-SEC selection and was named the SEC Player of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year as a senior at Tennessee in 1989. She earned the league's Rookie of the Year award in 1986 and led the conference in scoring in 1988 and 1989.
In 1988 she was the fourth leading scorer and one of two collegiate members of Team USA that brought home the Olympic gold medal. A 2001 selection to the Lady Vol Hall of Fame, Gordon is one of six players to have her jersey retired at the school. In addition, she was one of five players named to the NCAA's 25th Silver Anniversary team in 2006.
Following her successful collegiate career, Gordon played professionally in Italy, where she was a perennial All-Star and won seven Italian Championships and two European Cups (1994 & 1996), and Turkey, before a two-year stint with the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs. Women's Basketball Hall of Famer and Olympic gold medalist Coach Gordon is in her fourth year as an assistant coach at Wichita State and second year as Recruiting Coordinator.