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D’Ontre Gilliard

School
Saint Augustine's
Sport
Football
Major
Computer Information Systems

Classroom

Gilliard boasts a 3.58 cumulative GPA and is on schedule to graduate next May with a degree in computer information science. He plans to attend graduate school at N.C. A&T State University for his Master’s in Computer Science.

In the 2020-21 season, Gilliard was named a D2 Athletic Director’s Association Academic Achievement Award Winner.

Last April, he interned at Benefitfocus in Daniel Island, South Carolina. It’s a cloud-based benefits management platform provider for consumers, employers, insurance carriers, and brokers. He installed program computers in the company’s information technology department.

Character

Gilliard is a very mature individual. He is extremely focused on succeeding after graduation.

Community

Gilliard was among several student-athletes at Saint Augustine’s who volunteered to help at the ‘Stuff The Bag’ school giveaway event. It was hosted by the Kemetic Cultural Science and System of Unity and held at Lions Park in Raleigh, North Carolina, in August of 2021.

Last November, he assisted with a Thanksgiving drive that was hosted by the National Association of Black Accountants. Gilliard is a digital leader with the NABA.

Gilliard has also hosted Coding Camps through Cultivating Leaders, Inc. and served as both a high school volunteer football coach and Little League football coach in his hometown of Holly Hill, South Carolina.

Competition

Establishing himself on the gridiron as a freshman, Gilliard was duly honored for his efforts. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound quarterback received All-CIAA rookie honors for his strong play.

His electric play included a 66-yard, 48-second game-winning drive to upset the Southern Division Champion, Fayetteville State, on the road. The Falcons won 23-21 on a field goal with five seconds left.

Gilliard threw for 977 yards and eight touchdowns in nine games on the season, including seven starts. In his final three games, he passed for 589 yards - including 241 yards and three touchdowns versus crosstown rival Shaw. He also had 238 yards and two touchdowns against Fayetteville State.

Gilliard was slowed by a head injury last season. He played in only three games, starting two.

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