The Chanticleers captured their first-ever national title with a 4-3 victory over Arizona.
2016 Coastal Carolina Baseball -- College World Series -- Game 8 vs. Arizona (June 30, 2016)
2016 NCAA DIVISION I BASEBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP CELEBRATION
The Chanticleers defeated Arizona to claim the first national title in school history.
2016 Coastal Carolina Baseball -- College World Series -- Game 7 vs. Arizona
Images from Coastal Carolina's 2016 national championship run.
Coastal Carolina '80
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.
· 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.
Coastal Carolina University Facility Upgrades
· Summer 2010, Adkins Field House (speed, strength and conditioning)
· Spring 2011, Boni Belle Practice and Hitting Facility
· Spring 2015, Springs Brooks Stadium opened
· Became the first coach to win 300 Big South Conference games.
· Was the #2 seed at the College Station NCAA Regional.
· Bobby Holmes was named Big South Freshman of the Year and Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American.
· Casey Schroeder was drafted in the eighth round by the Chicago White Sox.
· Coastal was one of eight teams to finish among the NCAA top 20 in both RPI (19) and Strength of Schedule (16).
· Coastal Carolina went 8-3 versus the ACC and 1-1 versus the SEC.
· Coastal ranked second in the NCAA in double plays turned (66), 13th in home runs (62) and 17th in sacrifice bunts (63) while ranking second in the nation with (37).
· April 17, 2014: Coastal Carolina defeated Presbyterian, 4-3, for Gilmore's 1,000th career win.
· Connor Owings was named first team All-Big South.
· Colin Hering was drafted in the 10th round by the Los Angele Dodgers, Gilmore's 59th all-time player drafted and 16th while at CCU among the top 10 rounds. Ben Smith and Tyler Herb were also drafted marking 89 of his player that have signed professional contracts.
· Coastal Carolina made its 12th NCAA appearance in a 13-year span, winning the Big South's South Division. Won its first two games in the Big South tournament to extend its conference tournament win streak to 17 games over five seasons.
· Received an at-large berth to the NCAA postseason, playing in the NCAA Blacksburg Regional.
· The Chanticleers finished 30th in the Collegiate Baseball poll.
· Produced the Big South Freshman of the Year and Freshman All-American Seth Lamando while four earned All-Big South.
· Justin Creel was named Academic All-America.
· Jacob May was picked in the third round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago White Sox, while catcher Will Remillard went in the 19th round to the Chicago Cubs.
· Ryan Connolly pitched in 139 career games spanning 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 set a Big South record - breaking former teammate Anthony Meo's mark of 2.52.
· Won both the Big South regular season and tournament championships for the sixth consecutive year while Gilmore picked up his eighth Big South Coach of the Year award. Won the conference tournament without a loss for the third consecutive year.
· Coastal featured the Big South Player of the Year in Daniel Bowman and the Big South co-Pitcher of the Year in Aaron Burke with a total of eight players earning All-Big South. 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.
· 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. Frawley was drafted in the eighth round.
· 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.
· Tommy La Stella earned consensus All-American honors and was 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 scored and hit by pitches while ranking second on both career 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.
· After a 15-10 record to start the season, the Chants 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 Chants ended the season ranked 27th by Collegiate Baseball.
· Coastal Carolina set school and Big South records with 55 wins (against just 10 losses - the fewest by Coastal in the Gilmore era). 55 wins additionally led the NCAA and Coastal 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 defeated the 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 the Myrtle Beach Pelicans' stadium, 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, Coastal 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.
· Individually, Rico Noel and Scott 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 victories.
· 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.
· 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.)
· 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 Chants ended the season ranked 11th in three polls and 12th in the remaining two.
· 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 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. 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. Nick McCully was selected All-American.
· Coastal placed 11 players on the All-Big South team.
· Pitcher Nick McCully (ninth round) and second baseman Tyler Bortnick (16th round) were selected in the MLB Draft.
· The Chants ended the season ranked as high as 21st by the Baseball Writers Association (were 23rd by the coaches and 30th by Collegiate Baseball).
· 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 one of three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award. Scott Woodward earned Big South Freshman of the Year honors while 11 different Chanticleers earned All-Big South accolades to set a league record.
· David Sappelt was a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award and joined Woodward in earning All-American honors.
· Coastal Carolina defeated Columbia, Alabama and East Carolina in succession to earn the program's first berth in a Super Regional. Tommy Baldridge and David 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 and ninth-round pick David Sappelt. Also selected were Tommy Baldridge (33rd round) and Jeff Richard (38th).
· The Chants ended the season ranked as high as 13th by the Baseball Writers Association (were ranked 16th in each of the other three polls).
· The Chanticleers hosted an NCAA Regional for the first time in school history, playing in the Myrtle Beach Pelican's facility, and won 50 games for the second time in three seasons. Established a Pelican's facility record as 6,231 fans attended the Coastal Carolina-Clemson contest.
· Coastal Carolina won both the Big South Conference regular season and tournament titles, going 4-0 in the BSC Tournament.
· Gilmore was named the Midseason Coach of the Year by Baseball America and earned his fourth Big South Coach of the Year honor at season's end.
· 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. A total of eight players were named All-Big South.
· Chris raber was a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award.
· A program-best seven players were drafted, including John Mariotti, Andy DeLaGarza, Pete Andrelczyk, Dom Duggan, Austin Hinkle, Chris Raber and Dock Doyle.
· The Chants ended the season ranked as high as 19th by the Baseball Writers Association (were 20th, 23rd and 24th in the other polls).
· Mike Fuentes was selected in the MLB Draft.
· The Chants won the Big South regular season and earned their first number one seed and were sent to the NCAA Tempe Regional.
· Coastal became the first Big South program to win 50 games in a season.
· Six Chanticleers, including second-round pick Mike Costanzo, were selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Others included Michael DeJesus, Byron Binda, Ricky Stefka, Jacob Henry and Chris Todd.
· 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.
· Mike Costanzo was 1 pf 16 finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, 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.
· The Chants ended the season ranked 23rd by Baseball America and 25th by Collegiate Baseball.
· For the fourth straight season, Coastal Carolina won the Big South Tournament and advanced to an NCAA Regional.
· Mike Costanzo was named Big South Player of the Year and four Chanticleers were named All-Big South.
· Brett Grandstrand and Steven Carter were taken in the MLB Draft.
· Coastal won 46 games, which was a school record at the time, won the Big South Tournament and earned a berth to the NCAA Regional in Lincoln, Neb.
· Ryan McGraw earned first team All-Big South honors, while six Chants were selected to the second team.
· Brandon Powell (eight round), Justin Sturge (12th round) and Ryan McGraw were selected in the MLB Draft.
· Gilmore was named Big South Coach of the Year as Coastal Carolina captured both the Big South regular season and tournament crowns for the second consecutive year and advanced to the Atlanta Regional.
· The 2002 squad featured seven all-conference performers, including five first-team members.
· Justin Owens was named Big South Player of the Year as well as being named the 2001-02 Big South Howard Bagwell Male Athlete of the Year.
· Ryan McGraw broke the NCAA single-season stolen base mark with 63 in 2002
· McGraw and Owens both earned All-American honors.
· Adam Keim, Randy McGarvey, Jr., and Justin Owens were taken in the MBL Draft.
· Coastal Carolina made its first true mark on the national scene, playing in a tough Athens Regional that featured host Georgia, Georgia Tech and Georgia Southern. The Chants defeated Tech and Southern before dropping a first championship game to Georgia. In game two, the Chants were one out from advancing to its first Super Regional, before a dramatic home run by the Bulldogs resulted in a heartbreaking, 8-7 loss.
· The Chants earned a Regional berth after posting a 42-20 record and winning their first Big South Championship since 1992.
· Six Chanticleers were named All-Big South.
· Scott Sturkie, after being a 26th-round pick the previous year, was selected in the 12th round of the MBL Draft.
· Rett Johnson, Brooks Marska and Brandon Powell were selected All-Big South.
· Johnson and Scott Strukie were selected in the MLB Draft.
· Coastal went from 31 wins to 43, including a 10-2 conference mark, to win its first Big South regular season title since 1993.
· The Chants broke into the national rankings.
· Gilmore won the first of his Big South Coach of the Year honors and seven Chants were named All-Big South.
· Kevin Schnall, a finalist for the Rotary Smith Player of the Year and second team All-American, was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds. Ron Deubel was also tabbed All-American.
· Four Chants earned All-Big South honors.
· Damien Hart and Dorian Cameron were selected in the MBL Draft.
· Jason Vindrich and Jason Isidore were named All-Big South.
· Mack Haman was taken in the 13th round of the MLB Draft.
· 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.
· Coastal placed five on the All-Big South team, including first team pick Matt Ragan.
At USC Aiken
· 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 1992, he led USC Aiken to the Peach Belt Tournament Championship and the NCAA Division II postseason. The following year, the Pacers once again on the Peach Belt Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Division II College World Series.
· 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.
· USC Aiken added a regular season championship in 1994.
· During his stint at USC Aiken, Gilmore coached nine all-conference performers, had nine players drafted and one conference Player of the Year in Adam Riggs.
· Worked a scout for the Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians.
· Played center field for Coastal Carolina during the 1979 and 1980 seasons. The speedy leadoff hitter hit .353 with 69 steals in 90 games.
· Played in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.
· Graduated from Coastal Carolina in 1980.
· Wife: Cathy.
· Children: Son: Chance. Daughter Samantha.
Gilmore's Career Head Coaching Record
26 Years Overall: 1,045-221-2
20 Years at Coastal Carolina: 792-320-0 Overall - 310-121 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