Gary Gilmore

2016 NCAA National Champion Head Coach
Coastal Carolina University

26 Seasons as a Head Coach: 1,045-522-2
20 Seasons at CCU: 792-420-0 (310-131 Big South)

Coastal Carolina head coach Gary Gilmore, who is entering his 21st season at his alma mater, has seen the Coastal program continually rise in the world of college baseball to a national power and the 27th-year head coach ranks among the NCAA's all-time top 50 in wins with 1,045. Under his guidance Coastal has made 13 NCAA berths, twice advancing to a Super Regional, featured numerous draft picks - including 14 players drafted within the top 10 rounds over the last eight years, and built perhaps the best overall practice and playing facilities in the nation.

Coaching History

  • Scout for the Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians
  • USC Aiken (Assistant Coach; 1986-89)
  • USC Aiken (Head Coach; 1990-95)
  • Coastal Carolina (Head Coach; 1996-present).
  • ABCA/NCAA Division II and NCAA Division II South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year: 1993
  • ABCA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year: 2005
  • Big South Coach of the Year 1999, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012

Head Coaching Highlights

  • Inducted into the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame (2010), USC Aiken Athletics Hall of Fame (2014), Ferrum College Alumni-Sports Hall of Fame (2015).
  • Two NCAA Division II tourney appearances (at USC Aiken) -- 1992, `93
  • Advanced to NCAA Division II College World Series -- 1993
  • Won one Peach Belt regular-season title (at USC Aiken) -- 1994
  • Won two Peach Belt tournament titles (at USC Aiken) -- 1992, `93
  • 13 NCAA Regional appearances (at Coastal) -- 2001, `02, `03, `04, `05, `07, `08, `09, `10, `11, '12, `13, '15
  • Advanced to two NCAA Super Regionals (at Coastal) -- 2008, `10
  • 10 Big South regular-season titles (at Coastal) -- 2001, `02, `03, `04, `07, `08, `09, `10, `11, `12
  • 9 Big South tournament titles (at Coastal Carolina) -- 1999, `02, `05, `07, `08, `09, `10, `11, `12
  • 9 Chants (Kevin Schnall, Mike Costanzo, Chris Raber, David Sappelt, Dock Doyle, Anthony Meo, Jose Iglesias, Tommy La Stella and Tucker Frawley) have been finalist or semifinalist for a National Player of the Year Award
  • Coached 23 players to a total of 49 All-American honors (19 players/45 honors while at Coastal)
  • Coached nine Freshman All-Americans
  • Coached 18 players to a total of 21 All-Region/All-District honors, including 2010 NCBWA District IV Player of the Year Anthony Meo
  • Coached the Big South Player of the Year nine times (Kevin Schnall, Justin Owens, Mike Costanzo--twice, David Sappelt, Dock Doyle, David Anderson, Tommy La Stella and Daniel Bowman)
  • Since the award began in 2007, has coached the Big South Pitcher of the Year five times (Bobby Gagg, Cody Wheeler, Anthony Meo, Matt Rein and Aaron Burke)
  • Coached the Big South Rookie/Freshman of the Year four times (Brooks Marzka, Scott Woodward, Seth Lamando and Bobby Holmes)
  • Coached players that have earned 108 All-Big South honors, including a Big South-record eight first team selections in 2010 and Big South-record 11 first and second teamers in 2008
  • Coached the 2010 and 2012 Big South Male Scholar-Athlete of the Years (Austin Fleet and Tucker Frawley) and four Big South Baseball Scholar-Athletes of the Year (Brooks Marzka in 2000, Austin Fleet in 2010, Tucker Frawley in 2012 and Justin Creel in 2013)
  • Coached first team Academic All-Americas Austin Fleet (2010), Tucker Frawley (2012) and Justin Creel (2013) as well as eight players that have earned a total of 12 Academic All-District honors
  • Coastal Carolina is the only Big South team to win 50 games in a season (a feat accomplished four times) and CCU set school and Big South records by winning 55 games in 2010. The 55 wins also led the NCAA as did Coastal's .846 winning percentage (55-10)
  • In 2010, Coastal became the first Big South team to go undefeated in league play (25-0) and go undefeated in the Big South tournament (4-0) in the same year
  • Had 62 players (53 at Coastal) drafted and 89 players sign professional contracts, including 17 in the top 10 rounds at Coastal
  • Rico Noel (56) and Scott Woodward (55) went 1-2 in the NCAA in stolen bases in 2010, just the second time teammates had done so. Noel also led the NCAA in stolen bases in 2009 (48). Ryan McGraw led the NCAA with 63 stolen bases in 2002 and Mike Costanzo led the NCAA in both walks (68) and walks per game (1.03) in 2005.
 
 
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