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#14 Gary Gilmore
Coastal Carolina `80
25th Season as a Head Coach: 982-468-2
19th Season at CCU: 729-366-0
Eight-Time Big South Coach of the Year
Coastal Carolina head coach Gary Gilmore, who is entering his 19th season at his alma mater, has seen the program continually rise in the world of college baseball to a national power - being one of just 11 programs to reach an NCAA Regional in each of the last seven years. Thirteen NCAA berths, 12 40+ win seasons in the last 15 years, 16-straight winning seasons, numerous draft picks - including 12 top 10 round picks over the last six years, a first trip to the NCAA Super Regional in 2008 and hosting the program's first a Super Regional in 2010 are just a few of the exciting things going on in Coastal Carolina baseball.
In addition to building his program, Gilmore is seeing buildings erected to keep Coastal Carolina on par with the nation's elite. In the summer of 2010, the coaches moved into their new offices in Adkins Field House, just steps away from the state-of-the-art speed, strength and conditioning center. In the spring of 2011, the Boni Belle Practice and Hitting Facility opened. The facility features a full infield and complex netting system to allow several hitting and pitching stations at once.
Then, in January of 2012, Coastal Carolina announced its plan to renovate both the baseball and softball complexes. The $10.2 million project began after the 2012 season and is scheduled to be ready in 2014. The new stadium will have 2,500 permanent seats with grass berms and a boardwalk surrounding the outfield wall allowing capacity to reach between 5,000-6,000 fans. Also, the facility will include player a locker room, lounge, team meeting areas, video bay, athletic training room, coaches offices, premium seating and more.
In 2013, Coastal Carolina made its 12th NCAA appearance in the last 13 years, winning the Big South South Division. While the team missed what have become standard milestones - winning the conference regular season and conference titles as well as winning 40 games - Cosatal's success playing its normal tough non-conference schedule led to the squad receiving an at-large berth to the NCAA postseason. Numerous injuries throughout the season and taking a depleted squad into the final stretch of the season led to an early exit, but it could not overshadow yet another strong season. The Chanticleers finished 30th in the Collegiate Baseball poll, produced the Big South Freshman of the Year and Freshman All-American Seth Lamando, had an Academic All-America for the second straight year and saw Jacob May picked in the third round of the Major League Baseball Draft, while catcher Will Remillard went in the 19th round. The 2013 season also saw Ryan Connolly's career come to a close. Connolly pitched in 139 games of his four years, setting CCU and Big South records while ending his career fifth on the NCAA all-time list for appearances. His 2.23 career ERA additionally is a Big South record - breaking former teammate Anthony Meo's mark of 2.52.
While there were numerous new faces in 2012, the results were what Coastal fans have grown to expect. In addition to reaching a regional and sweeping the conference regular season and tournament titles, Coastal baseball featured the Big South Player of the Year in Daniel Bowman and the Big South co-Pitcher of the Year in Aaron Burke. Bowman, who was named All-American, had a remarkable senior season and he ended his career posting numbers that will leave a lasting impression in the CCU and Big South annals. He set Big South and CCU career records for at bats (963) and total bases (526), while setting CCU career marks for games played (246, one shy of Big South record), games started (244), hits (309, one shy of Big South record) and RBI (206, third in Big South history). Tucker Frawley was named a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, first team Academic All-America, Big South baseball and overall Scholar-Athlete of the Year and an eighth-round pick by the Blue Jays. Coastal's pitching staff ranked third in the NCAA in ERA (2.65) after leading the nation a majority of the season. Rich Witten also ended his career in spectacular fashion, ranking sixth on the CCU all-time RBI list with 158. Josh Conway, who only played the first half of the season prior to suffering an injury, still earned second team All-Big South and was taken in the fourth round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago Cubs.
Prior to the 2011 season, Gilmore was voted among the best in the business in a poll by CollegeBaseballInsider.com. When asked "who is the best coach at a non-BCS conferences?" Gilmore's name topped the list. The 2011 season saw Tommy La Stella earn consensus All-American honors and be voted Big South Player of the Year, while Matt Rein was also named All-American and the Big South Pitcher of the Year. Pitcher Anthony Meo, a three-time first team All-Big South pick, joined Kirt Manwaring as the highest Chanticleer drafted, being the third pick of the second round. Scott Woodward, who set CCU and Big South records for runs scores and hit by pitches while ranking second on both lists in stolen bases and walks, was drafted in the seventh round. La Stella would go in the eighth, followed by Taylor Motter in the 17th and Bowman in the 38th.
On May 17, 2011, Gilmore won his 900th game, defeating UNC Wilmington 12-3. Ironically, his first win as the Chants' coach was also versus UNCW. However, the biggest highlight of the 2011 season was an exhibition with defending American League champion Texas Rangers before a record crowd at BB&T Coastal Field -- home of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Coastal pitchers sat down the All-Star riddled lineup, nine up, nine down. The Chants, down 2-1 after five complete, hung with the Rangers before eventually falling 6-2 with Texas getting four runs in the last three innings off their own pitchers. Heading into the game with a 15-10 record, the Chants took that positive experience and won 26 of their next 34, including a four-game sweep to win the Big South Tournament, to secure another NCAA postseason berth. Statistically, Coastal continued to show it can both execute the "small-ball" philosophy and play for the big-inning by ranking sixth nationally in sacrifice bunts, 17th in home runs, 23rd in doubles, 23rd in runs scored, 31st in stolen bases.
The Chanticleers took a giant leap into the national spotlight in 2010: Coastal Carolina set school and Big South records with 55 wins (against just 10 losses -- the fewest by Coastal in the Gilmore era), which additionally led the NCAA, had the nation's best winning percentage (.846), ranked second in the final RPI and was the overall #4 seed to the NCAA Championship and hosted both the Myrtle Beach Regional and Super Regionals. Coastal would need a come-from-behind effort to defeat College of Charleston in dramatic fashion to win the program's second Regional and fell by one run twice to eventual national champion South Carolina in what was Coastal's first time in hosting a Super Regional. In both Super Regional contests, 6,599 people packed BB&T Costal Field, setting a facility record, to see the thrilling and historic matchup. In the final NCAA statistics, Coastal ranked eighth in scoring (9.1 avg.), fourth in hits (603), third in home runs (111), ninth in slugging percentage (.553), third in stolen bases (161), eight in ERA (3.53) and seventh in fewest hits allowed per nine innings (8.37).
Starting with a win over #10 Clemson on March 31, 2010, would win 17 straight and 26 of its next 27 with the only setback being a 6-3 loss at top-ranked Virginia. The Chants climbed in the polls to be a consensus top-five program the final three weeks of the regular season, ending either 11th or 12th at season's end. Individually, Rico Noel and Woodward became the second set of teammates in NCAA history to rank 1-2 nationally in stolen bases with 56 and 55, respectively. The duo also ranked among the NCAA top 20 in runs scored, Noel eighth with 82 and Woodward 17th with 75, while Jose Iglesias was 16th in RBI (80). On the mound, Meo was second in the nation with 13 wins, while Cody Wheeler, who was 22nd in the NCAA with 113 strikeouts, was fifth in wins nationally with 12. For their accomplishments, Meo, Wheeler, Iglesias and Noel were named to various All-American teams with Meo being a semifinalist for two National Player of the Year awards and Iglesias was one of three finalists for the Johnny Bench Catcher of the Year Award. Also, Austin Fleet was both a first team Academic All-America and the Big South Male Student-Athlete of the Year while Connolly was a Freshman All-American.
On the conference level in 2010, Coastal set several records as well en route to winning both the Big South regular season and tournament crowns for the fourth straight season. In addition to their 55 overall wins, the Chanticleers became the first Big South team to go undefeated in the regular-season (25-0) in addition to going undefeated in the Big South Tournament (4-0). Coastal also set a league record with eight players named to the All-Big South first team. (CCU added one second team pick.) For the success, Gilmore picked up his seventh Big South Conference Coach of the Year honor, while Meo was the unanimous Big South Pitcher of the Year.
At season's end, seven players were drafted, including Wheeler and Noel in the fifth round, Fleet in the 16th and Chance Gilmore in the 25th, while Woodard (15th round) Keith Hessler (28th round) and Jim Birmingham (33rd round) decided to stay for the 2011 season.
The Chanticleers won both the Big South regular-season and tournament titles in 2009, going 47-16 and advancing to the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional. Gilmore was named the Big South Coach of the Year for the sixth time and eight players that were named to the All-Big South teams. This included Big South Player of the Year and Big South Tournament MVP David Anderson and conference Pitcher of the Year Cody Wheeler. Both Anderson and Wheeler were named All-Americans by Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, while the trio of Meo, Bowman and Taylor Motter were named Freshman All-Americans by the same organization.
Coastal Carolina hosted and won the NCAA Conway Regional in 2008, advancing to the NCAA Cary Super Regional, a first in the school's history. Gilmore was named the Big South Coach of the Year for the fifth time and the Chants won both the regular-season and tournament championships. Dock Doyle was named the Big South Player of the Year and earned second team All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball. Doyle also was a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award. Woodward earned Big South Freshman of the Year honors while 11 different Chanticleers earned All-Big South accolades to set a league record. Coastal Carolina defeated Columbia, Alabama and East Carolina to earn the program's first berth in a Super Regional. Tommy Baldridge and Anderson were named co-Most Valuable Player and the Chants had six selected to the All-Conway Regional Team. Coastal Carolina set the Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field attendance record with 2,320 fans at the championship game against East Carolina. The Chants had five players selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, including fifth-round picks Doyle and Pete Andrelczyk.
Coastal Carolina enjoyed national success in 2007, as the Chanticleers hosted an NCAA Regional for the first time in school history and won 50 games for the second time in three seasons. Coastal Carolina won both the Big South Conference regular season and tournament titles for the second time in six years, going 4-0 in the BSC Tournament and defeating Liberty 6-5 in the championship game. The Chanticleers had a 16-game winning streak in the middle of the season. Gilmore was named the Midseason Coach of the Year by Baseball America and earned his fourth Big South Coach of the Year honor. Coastal Carolina hosted the 2007 Myrtle Beach Regional and its game against Clemson brought out 6,231 fans, a BB&T Coastal Field record at the time. Bobby Gagg and David Sappelt earned All-American honors by Collegiate Baseball, while Sappelt was the Big South Player of the Year, Gagg was the Pitcher of the Year and Baldridge was the BSC Tournament Most Valuable Player. The Chants ended the season ranked 20th by Baseball America.
Coastal Carolina ended the 2006 season with a 30-27 overall record, finishing third in the Big South Conference. The Chanticleers were one of the hottest teams in the league the latter half of the season, sweeping conference foes Radford and UNC Asheville as well as defeating East Carolina, the College of Charleston and Wake Forest in mid-week games.
Coastal's continual rise to a national power was never as evident as in 2005, when the Chants earned their first number one seed to the NCAA Tempe Regional, won 50 games (becoming the first Big South team in history to accomplish both feats), had six players go in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and was 23rd in the final rankings by Baseball America. The Chanticleers went to the championship game of the regional, defeating UNLV twice, but falling to host Arizona State in the final. Gilmore received Big South Coach of the Year honors, the third time he has received that honor, and the American Baseball Coaches Association Atlantic Region Division I Coach of the Year in 2005. Coastal Carolina won its third Big South regular-season title under Gilmore after compiling a remarkable 21-3 conference record. Gilmore also coached Mike Costanzo, who earned first team All-American honors by three organizations, earned his second consecutive Big South Player of the Year award and was named to the All-Big South first team as both a first baseman and a pitcher, the first Big South player to ever earn multiple first-team honors. Gilmore coached six All-Big South honorees in 2005, including four first team members.
Gilmore and the Chanticleers battled through injuries and adversity during the 2004 season. The Chants were underdogs heading into the Big South Tournament, but for the fourth straight season, Coastal Carolina won the Big South Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Regionals. Gilmore coached the Big South Player of the Year in Costanzo and had four All-Big South members and two Major League Baseball Draft selections.
Gilmore led the Chants to their third straight Big South Tournament Championship in 2003 and earn their third straight berth to the NCAA Regional in Lincoln, Neb. Coastal won 46 games in 2003, then the most by a Chanticleer squad under Coach Gilmore. Ryan McGraw earned All-BSC First Team honors, while six Chants were selected to the second team. Gilmore also saw Justin Sturge and Brandon Powell enter the world of professional baseball.
In 2002, Coastal Carolina posted 44 wins. The Chants also captured both the Big South regular season and tournament crowns for the second consecutive year and appeared in the NCAA Regional, falling to Georgia in the final game. The 2002 squad featured seven all-conference performers, including five first-team members and the Player of the Year in Justin Owens. Owens was also named the 2001-02 Big South Howard Bagwell Male Athlete of the Year, while McGraw broke the NCAA single-season stolen base mark with 63 in 2002.
In 2001, the Chants posted a 42-20 record, won their first Big South Championship since 1992, and came within a single out of advancing to the NCAA Super Regionals, where they would have played Florida State with a College World Series berth on the line. The team posted wins over nationally-ranked foes East Carolina, Clemson and Georgia Tech. He also had six players make All-Big South Conference Teams and catcher Randy McGarvey, Jr., was named the Big South Tournament's Most Valuable Player.
Gilmore took the reins in a rather precarious position in 1996. The Chants were coming off a 17-37 season, their first losing season in 18 years, and had little in the way of returning talent, especially on the mound. Coastal finished a respectable 24-29 in his first season and 23-31 in his second. By 1998 though, his recruits, especially the pitchers, began to step up, and Coastal's winning ways returned. His 1999 squad posted 43 wins and found themselves nationally ranked towards the end of the season, earning Gilmore Big South Coach of the Year honors.
After servng as a scout, Gilmore began his coaching career at USC-Aiken, where he eventually took over the top spot in 1990. Gilmore spent six seasons at USC-Aiken as head coach, where he compiled a 256-102-2 record. Gilmore posted 40-win seasons in his first four years there, including a school-record 48 wins in 1991. In 1993, Gilmore was named the ABCA NCAA Division II Coach of the Year as well as the South Atlantic Region and Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year by his peers. During his stint at USC-Aiken, Gilmore coached nine all-conference performers and one conference Player of the Year in Adam Riggs.
Gilmore began his baseball career as a Chanticleer, playing center field for Coastal Carolina during the 1979 and 1980 seasons. The speedy leadoff hitter hit .353 with 69 steals in 90 games, before joining the Philadelphia Phillies organization. Following his playing days, he worked as a scout for the Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians.
In all, Coach Gilmore has been named the Regional Coach of the Year five times, conference Coach of the Year eight times and a National Coach of the Year Finalist twice. He has coached 85 players that have gone on to sign professional contracts, with nine making it to the major leagues. Gilmore and his wife Cathy have a son, Chance, who played at Coastal Carolina from 2007-10 and a 25th-round pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers, and a daughter Samantha.
Gilmore's Career Head Coaching Record
24 Years Overall: 982-468-2
18 Years at Coastal Carolina: 729-366-0 - 280-111 in Big South Games
6 Years at USC Aiken: 253-102-2 .714
|1992||USC Aiken||# 45-15-2||.742||10-2-1||NCAA DII|
|1993||USC Aiken||# 46-18-0||.719||13-7||NCAA DII/CWS|
|1994||USC Aiken||^ 35-22-0||.614||16-5||---|
|1999||Coastal Carolina||$ 43-15-0||.741||10-2||---|
|2001||Coastal Carolina||* 42-20-0||.677||16-4||NCAA|
|2002||Coastal Carolina||* $ 44-19-0||.698||16-5||NCAA|
|2003||Coastal Carolina||* 45-18-0||.714||12-7||NCAA|
|2004||Coastal Carolina||* 40-23-0||.635||16-8||NCAA|
|2005||Coastal Carolina||$ 50-16-0||.758||21-3||NCAA|
|2007||Coastal Carolina||* $ 50-13-0||.794||17-4||NCAA|
|2008||Coastal Carolina||* $ 50-14-0||.781||17-3||NCAA/Supers|
|2009||Coastal Carolina||* $ 47-16-0||.746||21-5||NCAA|
|2010||Coastal Carolina||* $ 55-10-0||.846||25-0||NCAA/Supers|
|2011||Coastal Carolina||* $ 42-20-0||.677||20-7||NCAA|
|2012||Coastal Carolina||* $ 42-19-0||.689||18-5||NCAA|
# - Peach Belt Tournament Champion
^ - Peach Belt Regular Season Champion
* - Big South Tournament Champion
$ - Big South Regular-Season Champion
Scout for the Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians; USC Aiken (Assistant Coach; 1990 -- USC Aiken (Head Coach); 1996-pres. -- Coastal Carolina (Head Coach).
1993 ABCA/NCAA Division II and NCAA Division II South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year
2005 ABCA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year
1999, 2002, `05, `07, `08, `09, `10 and `12 Big South Coach of the Year
HEAD COACHING HIGHLIGHTS
Two NCAA Division II tourney appearances (at USC Aiken) -- 1992, `93
NCAA Division II College World Series (at USC Aiken) -- 1993
Won one Peach Belt regular-season title (at USC Aiken) -- 1994
Won two Peach Belt tournament titles (at USC Aiken) -- 1992, `93
12 NCAA Regional appearances (at Coastal) -- 2001, `02, `03, `04, `05, `07, `08, `09, `10, `11, '12, `13
Advanced to two NCAA Super Regionals (at Coastal Carolina) -- 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
Nine CCU players (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 at CCU)
Coached eight Freshman All-Americans
Coached 17 players to a total of 20 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 three times (Brooks Marzka, Scott Woodward and Seth Lamando)
Coached players that have earned 101 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 to a total of 12 Academic All-District honors
Coastal Carolina is the only Big South team to win 50 games (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 58 players (49 at CCU) drafted and 86 players sign professional contracts, including 15 in the top 10 rounds at CCU
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)
Family: Wife, Cathy; son, Chance; daughter, Samantha