Alma Mater: Western Michigan '64
Jim Gilstrap is in his second season as the TU Offensive Coordinator. He was named offensive coordinator/running backs coach on January 4, 2000.
Gilstrap, who has coached for 23 seasons in the college ranks and has 13 years of experience in professional football, spent last season as the offensive line coach at Linfield (Ore.) College.
Before that, he was assistant head coach and offensive line coach at Oregon State for the 1997 and '98 seasons under Mike Riley, who currently is the head coach of the San Diego Chargers.
Gilstrap was the head coach at Fort Hays State (1981-84) and served as offensive line coach at Western Michigan (1978-80), Kansas State (1976-78), Edinboro State (1974-76) and Illinois State (1970-74). He coached the defensive line at Edinboro State (1968-70) and at Case Western Reserve (1966-68).
Prior to joining Riley at Oregon State in 1997, Gilstrap was the head coach and general manager of the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League. He directed the offensive line in several cities throughout the CFL, including Winnipeg (1990, 1995-96), Toronto (1987-89, 1993) and Saskatchewan (1984-87). His 1990 Winnipeg team won the Grey Cup championship.
Gilstrap, 59, also coached two seasons under Riley in the World League of American Football, directing the offensive line of the San Antonio Riders (1990-91).
A native of South Bend, Indiana, Gilstrap earned his bachelor's degree in English and physical education in 1964 at Western Michigan where he was a three-year letterwinner in football. He went on to receive his master's degree in physical education and recreation at Southern Illinois in 1966.
He and his wife, Barbara, have four daughters: Bethany, Brianna, Brittany and Brandi.
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