For nearly 50 years, the voice that echoed through the rafters during Wright State men’s basketball games has been that of the same person — Gordie Wise.
On Dec. 5, Wise was honored for his 49 years of service before the Wright State men’s basketball game against Miami University. Wise received a standing ovation from the crowd and was presented with a silver microphone by Bob Grant, the director of athletics.
“If we had a Mt. Rushmore for athletics Gordie Wise would be on it,” said Grant.
Wise has been heavily involved with Wright State and the creation of athletics department. He served on the ad hoc committee to determine the feasibility of establishing an athletic program, drafted the first constitution for the Wright State Athletic Council and chaired the first Athletic Council. He also served for 19 years as faculty representative to the NCAA.
Wright State basketball fans will always remember the long-time faculty member’s phrase “Raider roundball” before the start of every game.
“I created that, I’m totally blunt in saying that’s mine, baby,” Wise said. “It has been a blast for all of the half-century.”