Head Basketball Coach
Grayling Gordon enters his third year as the head basketball coach at Purdue North Central.
Gordon, 37, led the young Panther program to the most wins in school history last season when they finished 10-20 overall after finishing 3-26 his first year. Gordon expects the program to continue to grow as the Panthers are in their infant stages of competing at the NAIA level after recently making the transition from a club program.
Gordon began his coaching career at the University of Dubuque as an assistant under his college coach Jon Davison during the 1989-90 season. That year the Spartans won the Iowa Conference Championship and received an NCAA Tournament bid.
Gordon then moved on to Clarion University, a Division II program in Pennsylvania, where he served as an assistant coach in charge of guard and wing play for three years. Clarion averaged 18 wins per season during Gordon’s tenure as an assistant.
In 1993 Gordon returned to Dubuque as the head men’s basketball coach where he served until 1997.
From 1997 until 2000 Gordon returned to his roots in Northwest Indiana where he served in various educational/mentoring programs and athletic programs.
Prior to coming to PNC Gordon served for two seasons as an assistant coach at Purdue Calumet.
Gordon was a leader both on and off the court at the University of Dubuque (IA), where he graduated from in 1989 with a degree in Economics and Business. As a junior he led the 1987-88 squad to the Iowa Conference Championship and the NCAA Tournament.
During his senior year Gordon was named the team’s MVP and was named All-Conference. That year he also became a member of the exclusive the 1,000 point club.
Recently in 2004, Gordon received the University’s highest athletic honor by being inducted into Dubuque’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Gordon completed his Master of Arts degree in Athletics Administration and Physical Education from Slippery Rock University in 1994. He attended East Chicago (IN) Washington High School where he was a point guard for the 1984-85 team that made it to the Indiana Final Four.
Grayling, who also serves as an Assistant Director of Admissions at PNC, has two children, Jalyssa (14) and Craig (3) and resides in East Chicago.
Assistant Basketball Coach
David Garrett enters his third season as an assistant basketball coach at Purdue North Central. Garrett’s main responsibilities for the program include practice and game coaching, scouting, recruitment, overseeing student managers, and travel.
Garrett has had a long and successful coaching history and brings a great deal of experience to the Panther program. He began his career as a student at Northern Illinois University back in the early 1970’s. Garrett volunteered to coach basketball to all ages through intramural, park district and industrial leagues.
While working for 23 years in the U.S. District Court, primarily as a Deputy Clerk, Garrett maintained his love for coaching as he served as an assistant coach for both the Lakefront Youth Basketball Organization and for AAU programs. In 1994, he added additional responsibilities serving as Business Manager and as a member of the Board of Directors.
Prior to joining the staff at PNC, Garrett assisted with Westside High school as an assistant freshman basketball coach during the 1999-00 season. He also assisted the Sports Youth Foundation AAU basketball program for the 2001-02 season.
Garrett graduated from Northern Illinois in 1975 with a degree in Physical Education. He attended college on a football scholarship and also lettered in track.
Garrett is currently a Grant Project Coordinator with the Career Services Department at Ivy Tech in Gary, IN. He has four grown children and resides in Gary.
Kristofer Schnatz is in his second year as an assistant coach with the PNC staff under Coach Gordon. Schnatz began coaching after graduating college in January of 1999, and has been a part of successful programs in New York, Maryland and Indiana.
Schnatz is originally from Long Island, New York, and earned his Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation from the State University of New York Maritime College. Schnatz had a successful playing career as a team captain and three-year starter for the Maritime Privateers. He completed his senior season with the university’s first post-season bid out of the NCAA Division III Skyline Conference into the ECAC Tournament.
Schnatz is currently a Captain aboard the Blue Chip Casino vessel in Michigan City, Indiana. He is also pursuing his Master of Science in Sports Administration from Valparaiso University.
Kristofer and his wife Kristen are expecting twins in December 2004.