Hometown: Newport, KY (High)
Position: F Playing Height: 5-8
Date of Birth: December 12, 1907
Date of Death: October 1, 1991
Nickname: Elmer "Baldy" Gilb (More)
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Multi-Sport Player [Football and Baseball]
Brother-in-law of former Kentucky player Carey Spicer and future Kentucky player Bill Spicer
Obituary - ELMER GILB, LONGTIME COACH OF BASKETBALL AT HENRY CLAY, Lexington Herald-Leader (October 3, 1991) by Staff
He was 84. Mr. Gilb lettered in football, baseball and basketball at Newport Public High School.
Entering UK in 1925, he earned a freshman football letter. He received the "Frosh Cup" that went to an outstanding freshman and was captain of the UK baseball team in his senior year. He also lettered in basketball.
After graduating, Mr. Gilb assisted football coach Harry Gramage for three years and was freshman coach under basketball coach Adolph Rupp for two years. After assistant coach Harry Lancaster went into the Navy during World War II, Mr. Gilb returned and helped Rupp another year. He was Rupp's assistant when the Wildcats defeated Rhode Island 46-45 in the 1946 National Invitational Tourament.
He also helped with the 1944 and 1945 football teams.
At Henry Clay, Mr. Gilb never had a losing season and took his 1952 and 1962 Blue Devils to the state tournament. During the Henry Clay years, he scouted for Rupp and was on the Wildcat bench when the "Rupp's Runts" team lost to Texas Western in the 1966 National Collegiate Athletic Association finals at College Park, Md.
He was Central Kentucky Conference Coach of the Year in 1958-59, The Courier-Journal Coach of the Year in 1957-58 and the first teacher named "Outstanding Math Teacher" in Fayette County.
Survivors include his wife, Stella Spicer Gilb; a daughter, Helen Vance James; a granddaughter; a great-grandson; two nieces; and a nephew.
Services will be 3 p.m. Friday at the Elmer T. Gilb Student Center at Henry Clay High School. Visitation is from 6 to 9 p.m. today in W.R. Milward Mortuary-Southland.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Elmer T. Gilb Scholarship Fund at Henry Clay High School.