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Dr. Joe Gillespie


42nd Season


  • B.S. McMurry State University, 1971
  • M.S. Stephen F. Austin University, 1972
  • Ed.D. Texas A&M University, 1983


Dr. Joe Gillespie fishing with grandson.

Dr. Joe Gillespie has held positions such as head track coach, football coach, athletic director, assistant professor, department chair and Dean of the College of Education in his time at Tarleton State University. Dr. Gillespie earned his bachelor’s of science degree in health and physical education and mathematics from McMurry State in 1971. He then transferred to Stephen F. Austin and served as a graduate assistant from 1971-1972 and received his Masters of Education in 1972. In 1983, while he was coaching for Tarleton, he earned his doctorate degree from Texas A&M University.

Dr. Gillespie began his professional career by serving one year as an assistant coach and math teacher for Lubbock High School. He then came to Tarleton in 1973 to serve as an assistant football coach and head track coach and has been here ever since. In 1983, he retired from the coaching profession and became an assistant professor in the Health and Physical Education department. By 1986 he was named the HPE Department Head as well as Athletic Director. After serving three years, he remained the Department Head, but finished his stint as AD and became a professor in the HPE Department. From 1996-2001 he served as the Dean for the College of Education. He was recently named a Regents Professor for his exemplary service to The Texas A&M University System.

 Dr. Gillespie is a native of Coleman, Texas. He and wife, Cathey, enjoy spending time with their two children, Joseph and Jennifer and their families. They have five grandchildren, Josh, Chelsea, Jake, Gracie, and Garrett. Dr. Gillespie lists coaches, teachers, and his mom as his greatest influences throughout his life. He was a former member of the Stephenville ISD Board of Trustees, the Stephenville ISD Foundation Board, and the Board of Trustees at his local church. His personal honors include his induction into the Tarleton State University Hall of Fame as a coach, the McMurry Hall of Fame as an athlete, and the Texas A&M College of Education Hall of Fame as an Academician.

Quick Facts


Dr. Joe Gillespie

Classes Taught

  • Tests & Measurements (KINE 3310)
  • Administration of Athletic Programs (KINE 5305)
  • Practicum in Kinesiology (KINE 4305)
  • Advanced Tests and Measurements (KINE 5336)
  • Intro to Physical Fitness and Sport (KINE 1301)

Quotes to Live By

The harder I work, the luckier I get.

Why is Kinesiology Important?

Movement is the key to good health.  Without movement the body begins to atrophy and disease sets in.  I think the most important health issue in the American society is the obesity epidemic especially with our children.  The importance of movement in the public schools cannot be denied. However, our lawmakers continue to cut this discipline back.  Superintendents and principals must realize that healthy kids are smarter kids.  The best medicine that we can provide society is exercise.

Favorite Fitness Routine:

Walking and weight training