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Bob Ghiloni has served as the head men’s basketball coach at Denison since 2002. During his tenure he has led the DU basketball program to a third-place finish in 2005 and an appearance in the NCAC Championship game in 2012. In 2005 he was named the NCAC’s Coach of the Year. Ghiloni came to Denison from Bishop Ready High School in Columbus (Ohio) where he was the head coach of the Silver Knights boys' basketball program for 15 seasons. In 2001-02, Ghiloni's Ready squad posted an impressive 23-5 record and reached the state tournament championship finals in Division III.
In his 15-year run at Ready, Ghiloni directed a dramatic turnaround in the boys' basketball program which resulted in six consecutive winning seasons, two district championships and the 2001-02 trip to the state championship. Along with his coaching duties, Ghiloni was director of admissions at Ready and also has served as director of student and academic affairs and director of guidance. He has also taught courses in world history and American history.
Prior to coaching at Ready, Ghiloni spent three seasons as an assistant basketball coach at Capital University in Columbus. Also included in Ghiloni's extensive professional background are two more Columbus coaching stints as an assistant with Ohio Dominican University (1983-1984) and St. Francis DeSales High School (1981-1983). Ghiloni has also served as an instructor and administrator for several local and regional basketball camps.
A native of nearby Newark, Ohio, Ghiloni graduated from Ohio State University in 1981 with a bachelor of science degree in secondary education. He earned his master of science in education from the University of Dayton in 1985.
I think my biography is a retrospective connect-the-dots story. I did not identify a passionate career interest until midlife. I earned a graduate degree in counseling, worked in community mental health, and decided I needed to earn the doctoral degree. My graduate internship led me to work in a college counseling center, where I learned that I loved working with young adults in this developmental stage of life. Transitioning to, navigating through, and learning to succeed in college is a journey filled with many adventures and challenges. My own reading and research over the years, combined with professional experience and life experience as a parent, has prepared me for this work.
I am currently working on my dissertation, a qualitative project to examine the experience of college students with ADHD in academia.
Kaitlin Goody, cello, is a graduate of Capital University with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and a minor in music. She has studied with Dr. Michael Gelfand, Deborah Newcomb, and Dr. Alice Ann O’Neill and received her Suzuki training at the Chicago Suzuki Institute.
Kayla Gordon has served as the assistant women’s basketball coach at Denison since 2012. Gordon came to Denison after spending one season as an assistant coach at Heidelberg University in 2011-12. At Heidelberg, Gordon assisted in all aspects of the basketball program while also serving as head coach of the junior varsity program. In the spring she assisted as a volunteer coach with the Heidelberg softball team and was an academic advisor at the university.
A 2011 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, Gordon was a four-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference selection and the conference’s Newcomer of the Year in 2008. In 108 career games with the Battling Bishops she scored 1,461 career points and grabbed 673 rebounds. Gordon averaged 13.5 ppg and 6.2 rpg and ranks 18th on the North Coast Athletic Conference’s all-time scoring list.
Gordon earned her bachelor of arts in psychology and women’s studies from Ohio Wesleyan. She is currently taking classes to receive a master’s degree in education.
Tara’s Denison career began in 2009. Currently she is responsible for the daily operations for the Offices of Donor Relations/Special Events and Stewardship, providing assistance for the Director and Assistant Director in those areas. Tara’s previous position at Denison was in the Office of Advancement Services where her professional experience in document management helped bring the college into a new phase of records management. She implemented a campus-wide document imaging user group and began the transfer of paper files to electronic files within the division.