The former longtime coach of the Jackson State University football program W.C. Gorden died Friday, according to the school.
He was 90.
Jackson State Athletics announced Gorden's passing on Twitter Friday night.
"Words cannot describe the feeling of this loss. The tradition and excellence W.C. Gorden brought to JSU is unmatched and will live on through countless generations."
Gorden led the JSU football program for 15 years, posted more wins than any other coach in Tigers' history.
Gorden led the Tigers from 1976 to 1991 and guided the football team to eight SWAC championships and nine NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearances. He had just one losing season.
Legendary JSU coach W.C. Gorden posted more wins than any other coach in Tigers’ history with 119. (Photo: File/The Clarion-Ledger)
The former coach also brought the university its second HBCU national championship in 1985. He finished his storied career with a 119-48-5 overall record and was a six-time SWAC Coach of the Year. Gorden was inducted into the SWAC Hall of Fame in 1994 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.
His team’s produced 29 NFL Draft picks and several pro football players, including Jimmy Smith.
The Nashville native played baseball and football at Tennessee State. He served in the U.S. Army before beginning his coaching journey in 1956.
He was also named to ESPN's Top 150 list of the greatest college football coaches of all time.
Last month, the Jackson City Council voted unanimously to rename Jaycee Park after him in his honor.
JSU football coach Deion Sanders, who is set to take over on Dec. 1, posted his reaction on his Instagram page: