Gil Speer joins the Franklin College football program for the 2015 season, following a successful career in high school coaching, most recently at Zionsville and Hamilton Southeastern. As the defensive coordinator at those two schools, Gil helped them win 73 percent of the game, five conference championships, four sectional championships, two regional titles, one semi-state championship, and an appearance in the Class 4A state championship contest.
Those defenses allowed only an average of 15 points per game, and were traditionally in the top 10 in the state. Speer coached eight All-State and All-Star players at the linebacker position, and has been selected as an Indiana Football Coaches Association All-Star Coach.
He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Indiana University under Head Coach Sam Wyche and then for Indiana University’s winningest football coach, Bill Mallory. Speer was the Head Coach at Northwest High School in Indianapolis, and defensive coordinator at Greenfield and Pike High Schools.
Speer is a graduate of Hanover College and continues as an instructor, and department chair, for the Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership program at Zionsville High School. In addition he serves as the Director of Professional Development for the Indiana Football Coaches Association, and was an adjunct instructor for educational leadership courses at Marian University.
Gil and his wife Juli, who is a health and physical education instructor, have two sons, Carter and Nolan.