GU Athletics Mourns the Passing of Former Zag Jerry Vermillion
Oct. 25, 2017
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Former Gonzaga men's basketball player Jerry Vermillion passed away last Saturday at the age of 85, leaving as the all-time leading rebounder in Zag history.
Vermillion grabbed 1,670 rebounds from 1952-55. Elias Harris is second in GU history with 979. Vermillion's 456 rebounds in 1952-53 tops the single-season rebound program record. He pulled down 440 boards in 1954-55 (second in GU history), 402 in 1953-54 (fourth in GU history) and 372 in 1951-52 (fifth in GU history).
Vermillion ranks in the top 15 in career points (1,547) and his 21.2 scoring average in 1953-54 is ninth on the single-season list. His 44 points against Whitman in 1953, is tied for fourth in program history.
Vermillion helped lead Fort Benton High School to the Montana state championship game, prior to joining Gonzaga's program under head coach Hank Anderson.
In 1991, Vermillion was inducted into two Halls of Fame, Gonzaga's and Saint Martin's. He compiled a 94-40 record as Saint Martin's head coach from 1963-70.
"He carried the load in my first four seasons," Anderson said prior to Vermillion's induction into GU's Hall of Fame. "Jerry's right up there among the best players in my 21 years at Gonzaga."
Vermillion stayed close to Gonzaga's program, returning annually for alumni events until the last few years.
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