When I first applied for this position, I decided to look up some history.
I couldn’t believe that there had only been three sports editors here at The Sandusky Register in the last 50 years. That’s amazing!
So, I figured I’d be coming in here with big shoes to fill. Fortunately, I come in here with a good knowledge of this area.
That’s because, for the last 14 years, I worked for the paper in Lorain, covering high school sports of all kinds. I knew a lot of the athletes and coaches from doing this, plus what teams are traditionally good in this area.
I couldn’t imagine going into a position such as this with little knowledge of the area you’d be going to. Hence, why I decided to make this big move.
But, unless you’ve read the Lorain paper, you probably have no idea who I am. Other than the fact that I have the same first name as the previous sports editor, I might be a totally different person.
So, for your benefit, I’m going to answer some potential questions you might have. Here goes:
n My name is pronounced gil-less. Not like baseball player Brian Giles or rock star J. Geills or like fish gills. It’s actually pronounced as it’s spelled. You wouldn’t believe how many times people butcher my name. I guess it’s the ‘e’ at the end.
n I’ve lived in Lorain most of my life, except for recently, when I moved to Amherst. I graduated from Admiral King High School in 1992, and got my first journalism job covering football games for The Morning Journal in 1994.
n I’m not married, but I have a fiancee, Kelly, who I’ve been with for 51⁄2 years. We’ve been engaged for five of those years. Trust me, we’re in no rush and we’re very happy. We live together with our two cats, Mickey and Owen. I also have no children.
n Yes, I’m the same guy who was burned in that grill explosion in Amherst last summer. My healing is coming along very well. So well, in fact, that I decided to become a sports editor. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
n My favorite sports to cover are (in no particular order) football, wrestling, baseball and softball. I’ve covered the State Wrestling Tournament every year since 2000