Charlie Gordon, a 2005 Camdenton graduate and proud member of the esteemed lineman group known as “Pappy's Hogs” that became a staple of the program under former longtime assistant Jim Pirch, has returned to Laker football.
Another “Hog” has been called home.
Charlie Gordon, a 2005 Camdenton graduate and proud member of the esteemed lineman group known as “Pappy’s Hogs” that became a staple of the program under former longtime assistant Jim Pirch, has returned to Laker football. After three years as an assistant at Eldon and another five years at School of the Osage, Gordon decided to come back to the part of the lake where it all began.
“This is where I want to be and this is where I’ve always wanted to be, but I’ve always been very humble about the places I’ve been, the head coaches I’ve been under and even the assistants I’ve coached with. I’ve been humbled enough to coach football in general, but this has always been a dream to return home and something that pushed me to live this dream is Camdenton Laker football,” Gordon said of the opportunity to coach at Camdenton.
After graduating from Springfield’s Drury University in 2010, Gordon went back north to work under Coach Shannon Jolley at Eldon before moving just a few miles down Highway 54 at Osage where he had the privilege to work under Dan Henderson and Devin Johnson. During his previous two stops, the “Hog” worked with linemen among the offensive and defensive lines.
“Coach Jolley had a great leadership role and he taught me a lot. I was under Dan Henderson for a year and then, Devin Johnson came in as our football coach, and again, was a great leader and great role model,” Gordon said of his predecessors. “Even as a young coach coming in, I could not ask for better people to learn the game from and learn about kids so it has been great.”
Now, Gordon is responsible for taking care of defensive ends and outside linebackers under Coach Jeff Shore at Camdenton and he is looking forward to working with his new group. But no matter what sidelines the assistant roams, he is always grateful to have the privilege of leading youth.
“I always told myself that even though I was coaching football, it did not matter where I was going to be coaching football. Just helping kids was going to be awesome and it was going to be a treat just to be a coach and teacher,” Gordon remarked. “It does feel good to return home and feels just like it always did even as a player. It is bittersweet because you lose some great kids and I’ve had great kids at Eldon and Osage. When you move schools sometimes it is difficult to replace kids, but I know there are some great kids here that are wanting to do great things, wanting to live by the tradition of the program and stand by it.”
Of course, transitioning to a new role is always a little easier when there are some familiar faces around.
“The number one thing I’ve learned is continuous relationships with your kids and getting to know new names and faces, but some of the new names and faces I see around here on the coaching staff are some of the guys I’ve played with and watched play,” Gordon said. “I’ve been able to build a relationship with them and the tradition and pride- as soon as you walk in the door- you know it is there so it did not take long for that to rekindle.”
Growing up, Gordon learned all about that tradition and pride firsthand while playing for Pirch, fellow assistant Mike Silverwood and head coach Bob Shore who he regards as role models in his life. He looks forward to passing that on to the Lakers who hit the gridiron this fall.
“It was great to be part of this program. It taught me a lot about character and not only being part of a team, but being a part of something special and our role is to give our kids back what we had once and stand by that tradition,” Gordon stated.
“Just being part of it again and being in a leadership role as a coach and advising kids and teaching them the great game of football in this great program is in itself a pleasure.”
And for Gordon, what he expects to see from the players is pretty clear.
“Being receptive to coaching is the number one thing. Living with the pride you have and knowing there is pride instilled already here, you just have to carry it out,” the coach pointed out. “Your effort says a lot, your mannerisms say a lot and your attitude is the number one thing. Without saying it, these kids have it already just because they’ve been a part of this program, but what has been built around them is coming full circle and it is obviously every single day.”
Now that he is back on home turf, Gordon certainly would not mind staying there for the rest of his days blowing a whistle if he has the opportunity to do so.
“I’d love to finish here. I see myself staying and don’t want to leave,” the assistant said. “This is where I want to be, this is home and I’m just tickled to death to be here. It is awesome.”