Builder - Bill Gilhespy

Born: Scotland.Bill Gilhespy

Bill has been involved in soccer at the provincial, national and international levels for over 40 years. He served as a member of the Canadian Soccer Association executive from 1984 to 1997. During his time with the Canadian Soccer Association he acted as VicePresident for five years from 1992 to 1997 and was a member for Non-Amateur soccer from 1984 to 1992. He became Director of the Canadian Soccer League in 1987 a position he held until 1992. He was Chairman of the National Teams Committee and in 1992 was appointed as a member of the Player Status commission of CONCACAF. During Bill's tenure with the Canadian Soccer Association he represented Canada as Head of Delegation in many countries in international soccer competitions. Bill was also involved with soccer at the provincial level taking on the role of President of the Alberta Soccer Association from 1980 to 1984. Bill was directly involved and spearheaded the growth and development of one of Canada's most modern four-field indoor soccer centres as well as an eight-field outdoor complex with a building containing dressing rooms, showers, lounge and concession areas. Bill has been honoured with a Life Membership from the Canadian Soccer Association as well as a Life Membership from the Alberta Soccer Association for his dedication to the sport of soccer in Canada. He was inducted into the Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.