Former Trinity, Asheboro football coach retires

Gillespie coached state champions in Greensboro

Kevin Gillespie, who made two of his four stops as a high school football head coach in Randolph County, announced his retirement Friday.

Gillespie stepped down from his post at Thomasville, where he spent the past four seasons.

Gillespie coached at Trinity and Asheboro, with a stop in between to guide Greensboro Page to a state championship. He had an overall record of 172-110 after going 32-12 with Thomasville.

Gillespie’s final game came last November in a 40-19 road loss at Eastern Randolph in the third round of the Class 1-A state playoffs. The Bulldogs finished the season with a 9-4 mark.

Gillespie had a rough stretch as Asheboro’s coach with records of 2-8, 1-10 and 2-9 from 2017-19. He also had a stint as a Blue Comets assistant coach at the beginning of his teaching career, which started at North Asheboro Middle School.

With Greensboro Page, the Pirates captured Class 4AA state championships in 2011 and were the runners-up in 2015 and 2016. Gillespie spent 11 seasons there with a 101-45 record.

His first head coaching position in football came in 2001 at Trinity, his alma mater. He’s a former quarterback for the Bulldogs.

Thomasville’s coaching change means the Bulldogs will have a new coach for their 2024 opener Aug. 23 against visiting Randleman.

By Bob Sutton