Brian O. Gilmour
Year Inducted: 1995
Throughout his life, Brian Gilmour has achieved many extraordinary accomplishments, both academically and athletically. He has made educating and sports major parts of his life, and has played an important role in the lives of many students and young, aspiring athletes.
Growing up in Lancaster and Williamstown, Gilmour was a graduate of Char-Lan District High School, where he was an active athlete. Throughout his high school career, he was part of two championship football teams and four championship basketball teams, not to mention the record he holds in track and field for the triple jump. He also played hockey for the Lancaster Dodgers, and softball for Lancaster, Kingston, Dundas and Ottawa.
Gilmour was offered a hockey scholarship to Boston University in 1963, where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in 1967. While at BU, he received many academic and athletic honors, including being on the dean’s list honor roll and the Service Key Award presented to an outstanding senior. He was the first athlete to be elected President of the Scarlet Key University Honor Society and he received the Outstanding Scholar Athlete Award.
Gilmour was also part of two national finalists, he was selected for the All-East Hockey Team in 1966 and 1967 and was an All-American in 1967. He established two records, one for most points by a defenceman in college hockey and another for most assists in a career.
After attending Boston University, he went on to Althouse College of Education, where he graduated in 1972 with a Bachelor of Education. He went on to McGill University, where he received his Masters of Education.
During his teaching career with the SDG County Board, he coached a total a number of teams, including a host of SDG championship squads, three Eastern Ontario championship teams and one provincial titleist.
Although he was involved in many sports, hockey seemed to be his prime interest. In 1961, Gilmour was drafted by the Canadiens and sent to their junior team. After that, he became an assistant coach for the McMaster University Hockey Team in 1968, following by three years of being the McGill University Hockey Coach in ‘69, ‘ 70, and ‘71. While coaching at McGill, Gilmour was the youngest head coach of a major team in North America, at the age of 23.
In 1970, Gilmour started the Canadian College Hockey Coaches Association, as well as being a co founder of the Huron Hockey Schools with Bill Maloney and Ron Maron in 1971. The hockey schools which annually instruct close to 3,000 players, currently has 273 graduates in the N.H.L. Throughout 1971-74, Gilmour was a scout for the New England Whalers, being responsible for Canadian scouting. In the 1982-83 season, he was the assistant coach for the Cornwall Royals junior hockey club.
Glimour began teaching at St. Patrick’s Jr. High in Galt, Ontario in 1967, where he then went on to be both lecturer and coach at McGill University until 1971. He spent the next seven years teaching Physical and Health Education and Geography at General Vanier Secondary School, followed by another four years at GV being administrative assistant, then became Head of physical education.
In 1982, Gilmour moved on to St. Lawrence High School, where he was vice-principal until 1987. He then became Curriculum Coordinator of Technological Studies and Physical Health Education until 1989, going on to be the Principal of Char-Lan District High School. In 1994, Gilmour left Char-Lan, and he is now working at the alternative school in Cornwall.