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Gary Gilmore

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    Coastal Carolina, 1980
For a complete biography on Coach Gilmore click here (Coach Gilmore Full Bio – PDF)

Career Highlights
  • Ferrum College Alumni-Sports Hall of Fame inductee (2015)
  • USC Aiken Athletics Hall of Fame member (2014)
  • Inducted into the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame (2010)
  • 2016 National Coach of the Year (ABCA, NCBWA, Collegiate Baseball, D1baseball, HERO Sports, Perfect Game/Rawlings)
  • Two-time ABCA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year (2005, ‘16)
  • Nine-time Big South Coach of the Year (1999, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2016)
  • 2018 Sun Belt Coach of the Year
  • 1993 ABCA/NCAA Division II and NCAA Division II South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year
  • 29 Seasons as a Head Coach: 1,180-578-3
  • 23 Seasons at Coastal Carolina: 927-476-1 
at Coastal Carolina (1996-present)
  • 2016 NCAA Division I National Champion
  • 15 NCAA Division I Regional appearances (2001, `02, `03, `04, `05, `07, `08, `09, `10, `11, '12, `13, '15, '16, ’18)
  • Advanced to three NCAA Division I Super Regionals (2008, `10, '16)
  • Won 11 Big South regular season titles (2001, `02, `03, `04, `07, `08, `09, `10, `11, `12, '16)
  • Won 10 Big South tournament titles (1999, `02, `05, `07, `08, `09, `10, `11, `12, '16)
  • Won two Sun Belt regular season titles (2017, ’18)
  • Won one Sun Belt tournament title (2018)
  • Has recorded the eighth-most wins in the NCAA since 2000 with 806 victories
at USC Aiken (1990-95)
  • Advanced to the NCAA Division II College World Series (1993)
  • Two NCAA Division II tourney appearances (1992, `93)
  • Won one Peach Belt regular-season title (1994)
  • Won two Peach Belt tournament titles (1992, `93)
Players Awards and Honors:
  • Andrew Beckwith was named the 2016 Gregg Olson Award winner and the nation's Male Athlete of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Columbus
  • 11 Chants (Kevin Schnall, Mike Costanzo, Chris Raber, David Sappelt, Dock Doyle, Anthony Meo, Jose Iglesias, Tommy La Stella, Tucker Frawley, Connor Owings, and G.K. Young) have either been a finalist or semifinalist for a National Player of the Year Award
  • Coached 34 players to a total of 73 all-American honors
  • Coached 12 Freshman all-Americans
  • Coached 24 players to a total of 27 all-region/all-district honors, including 2010 NCBWA District IV Player of the Year Anthony Meo
  • Andrew Beckwith was voted the 2016 Big South Howard Bagwell Male Athlete of the Year
  • Coached the Conference Player of the Year 11 times (Kevin Schnall, Justin Owens, Mike Costanzo--twice, David Sappelt, Dock Doyle, David Anderson, Tommy La Stella, Daniel Bowman, Connor Owings, and Billy Cooke)
  • Since 2007, coached the Conference Pitcher of the Year six times (Bobby Gagg, Cody Wheeler, Anthony Meo, Matt Rein, Aaron Burke, and Andrew Beckwith)
  • Coached the Conference Rookie/Freshman of the Year four times (Brooks Marzka, Scott Woodward, Seth Lamando, Bobby Holmes and Cory Wood)
  • Coached players that have earned 129 all-conference honors, including a Big South-record eight first-team selections in 2010 and a 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-Americans 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
  • CCU set school and Big South records by winning 55 games in both 2010 and 2016. The 55 wins also led the NCAA both times as did the Chanticleers’ .846 winning percentage (55-10) in 2010
  • CCU led the NCAA in home runs (96) and runs scored (516) in 2016
  • Had 78 players (68 at Coastal) drafted and 107 players sign professional contracts
Coastal Carolina head coach Gary Gilmore, who is entering his 24th season at his alma mater in 2019, was named the 2016 National Coach of the Year and has seen the Coastal program continually rise in the world of college baseball to a national power.

A two-time ABCA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year (2005 and 2016) and a 10-time conference Coach of the Year, Gilmore ranks among the NCAA's all-time top 35 in wins with 1,180 and enters the 2019 season ranked seventh overall in wins among all active coaches NCAA Division I baseball coaches.

Under his guidance Coastal won the 2016 NCAA College World Series, has made 15 NCAA berths and advanced to a Super Regional three times. In addition to the team’s success, the program has featured numerous draft picks - including 20 players drafted within the top 10 rounds over the last 11 years and built perhaps the best overall practice and playing facilities in the nation.

For a complete biography on Coach Gilmore click here (Coach Gilmore Full Bio – PDF)

Since 2000, the Chants have won 13 regular season championships, 11 conference tournament championship titles, made 15 NCAA Division I Championship appearances, advanced to three NCAA Super Regionals and won the 2016 NCAA College World Series.

The Chanticleers (43-19) finished the season ranked 24th in both Baseball America and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) polls to mark the eighth time since 2005 that Coastal was ranked in a final national poll.

CCU won both the Sun Belt Conference regular season and tournament championships to reach the NCAA Regionals for the 16th time in the program’s history. The Chants hosted an NCAA Regional for the fourth time in the program’s history (2007, 2008, 2010 and 2018) and the second time on campus (2008 and 2018).

The 43 wins on the year marked the 14th time under coach Gilmore, the Chanticleers have won 40-plus games in a season, while the 23 conference wins were also the fourth time in the program’s history that the Chanticleers won at least 20 conference games.

CCU had the best winning percentage in the Sun Belt for the second-straight season, as the Chanticleers won nine of their 10 Sun Belt Conference series on the year, including a three-game series sweep over Arkansas State, Texas State, and Little Rock.

Coastal also posted non-conference wins over Virginia Tech (ACC), Oklahoma (Big 12), Kansas State (Big 12), Illinois (Big Ten), West Virginia (Big 12), Wake Forest (ACC), Ohio State (Big Ten), Clemson (ACC) and North Carolina (ACC).

The Chanticleers ranked among the top-10 nationally in base on balls (3rd, 359), doubles (4th, 145), scoring (4th, 8.0 runs per game), runs scored (5th, 499), on-base percentage (7th, .404), slugging percentage (8th, .485) and home runs (9th, 81).

Coach Gilmore was named the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year, marking his 10th conference coach of the year award as the head coach at Coastal Carolina, while Seth Lancaster (Perfect Game/Rawlings – first team, ABCA – second team, Collegiate Baseball – third team), Kevin Woodall, Jr. (Collegiate Baseball – third team), Cory Wood (Collegiate Baseball – third team) and Zach Biermann (ABCA – third team) all earned all-American honors. Biermann, Lancaster, and Woodall also earned first-team ABCA all-region accolades.

Freshman Parker Chavers was tabbed a freshman all-American by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, Perfect Game/Rawlings (second team) and (second team).

Seven players earned all-Sun Belt honors – Jason Bilous, Woodall, Wood, Lancaster, and Biermann on the first team and both Matt Eardensohn and Chavers on the second team – while Biermann (Most Outstanding Player), Lancaster, Woodall, and Chavers were also all named to the Sun Belt all-tournament team.

Coastal had five players drafted in the 2018 MLB Draft in June, as Lancaster was drafted in the eighth round by the Philadelphia Phillies, Woodall was drafted in the 10th round by the St. Louis Cardinals, Bilous was drafted in the 13th round by the Chicago White Sox and Matt Beaird was drafted in the 36th round by the Baltimore Orioles.

In its first year in the Sun Belt, Coastal won the league's regular-season championship. However, for just the third time since 2000, the Chants did not make the NCAA Tournament after suffering a 7-5 loss to Texas State in the 2017 Sun Belt Championship Tournament.

Alex Cunningham and Billy Cooke were both named all-Americans, while Cory Wood was named a freshman all-American.

The Chants’ Cooke was voted the Sun Belt Player of the Year, while Wood earned Sun Belt Freshman of the Year honors. Cooke, Cunningham and Kevin Woodall Jr. were all named first-team all-Sun Belt, while Wood, Andrew Beckwith, and Jordan Gore were second-team selections.

Coastal finished the 2017 season ranked eighth in the NCAA in sac bunts (62), 20th in stolen bases (88) and 26th in home runs per game (1.19).

A total of six Chanticleers were drafted, including Cooke (eighth round by the Seattle Mariners), Cunningham (ninth round by the San Diego Padres), Will Latcham (17th round by the St. Louis Cardinals), Gore (19th round by the Minnesota Twins), Wood Myers (29th round by the St. Louis Cardinals) and Beckwith (32nd round by the Kansas City Royals).

2016 - College World Series Champions
Named the NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball, HERO Sports and Perfect Game, Gilmore led Coastal to the 2016 NCAA Division I National Championship.

Gilmore was also named the Big South Coach of the Year for the ninth time.

The Chants won the NCAA Baton Rouge Super Regional, the Raleigh Regional (as the No. 2 seed), the Big South Tournament championship and the Big South regular season championship en route to the program’s first-ever national championship.

Gilmore won his 1,100th career game with the Chanticleers’ win over Arizona in the National Championship title game.

Coastal led the NCAA in wins (55), home runs (96) and runs scored (516), while ranking fourth in walks drawn (342), fourth in hits (709), fourth in sacrifice bunts (78), fifth in double plays (66) and seventh in stolen bases (112).

Andrew Beckwith led the NCAA with 15 wins on the mound, while Zach Remillard led the NCAA with 177 total bases on the year offensively, ahead of G.K. Young who was third (168) and Connor Owings who was ninth (161) nationally. Remillard and Young finished the season tied for fourth in the NCAA in hits (99) and tied for fifth in the NCAA with 72 RBIs apiece. Remillard also finished the year ranked eighth nationally in home runs (19), while Michael Paez was seventh in runs scored (67).

The individual accolades were abundant for the Chants in 2016, as Beckwith was named the College World Series Most Outstanding Player and was the Gregg Olson Award winner. He was also named the 2016 Big South Pitcher of the Year, the 2015-16 Howard Bagwell Big South Male Athlete of the Year and the nation’s Male Athlete of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Columbus.

Young was a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Award, while Owings was a finalist for the Gregg Olson Award and named the Big South Player of the Year.

Owings, Young, and Mike Morrison were all named first-team all-Americans, while Beckwith and Remillard were also tabbed second and third-team all-Americans, respectively. Austin Kitchen was named a Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball freshman all-American, while eight different Chants earned all-Big South Conference accolades in Owings (first team), Remillard (first team), Young (first team), Beckwith (first team), Morrison (first team), Paez (second team), Cunningham (second team) and Billy Cooke (honorable mention).

Paez was drafted in the fourth round by the New York Mets, while Remillard was drafted in the 10th round by the Chicago White Sox. Morrison was drafted in the 27th round by the White Sox, one round ahead of Cunningham who was drafted in the 28th round by the Detroit Tigers. Young was drafted in the 31st round by the San Diego Padres, while Owings was drafted in the 34th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Fellow Chants Anthony Marks and David Parrett each signed free agents contracts.

In 2015, Gilmore became the first coach to win 300 Big South Conference games and led the Chanticleers to the No. 2 seed at the NCAA College Station Regional. It was the Chants’ 14th overall NCAA Tournament appearance and 13th under coach Gilmore.

Bobby Holmes was named the Big South Freshman of the Year and a Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball freshman all-American in his first year as a Chant, while Casey Schroeder was drafted in the eighth round by the Chicago White Sox.

Anthony Marks (first team), Michael Paez (first team), Austin Kerr (first team), Connor Owings (second team) and Holmes (second team) all earned All-Big South honors.

Coastal was one of eight teams to finish among the NCAA top 20 in both RPI (19) and strength of schedule (16) for the year, as the Chanticleers went 8-3 versus the ACC and 1-1 versus the SEC for the season.

Overall, CCU finished the season at 39-21 and placed second in the Big South with a 17-7 conference record.

Coastal ranked second in the NCAA in double plays turned (66), 13th in home runs (62) and 17th in sacrifice bunts (63), while also ranking second in the nation with (37).

Despite a down year for the Chanticleers in 2014, Coastal Carolina defeated Presbyterian 4-3 on April 17, 2014, for coach Gilmore's 1,000th career win as a head coach.

Connor Owings was named first-team all-Big South.

Colin Hering was drafted in the 10th round by the Los Angele Dodgers, while both Ben Smith and Tyler Herb were also drafted marking 89 of his players that have signed professional contracts.

In 2013, Coastal Carolina made its 12th NCAA appearance in a 13-year span, winning the Big South's South Division with a conference record of 18-6. The Chanticleers finished the year at 37-23 overall and ranked No. 30 in the final Collegiate Baseball poll.

CCU won its first two games in the Big South Tournament to extend its conference tournament win streak to 17-straight games over five seasons dating back to 2009.

Despite, falling in the semifinals of the Big South Tournament to Liberty, Coastal received an at-large berth to the NCAA postseason, playing in the NCAA Blacksburg Regional.

Seth Lamando was tabbed both the Big South Freshman of the Year and a freshman all-American, while Justin Creel was named CoSIDA Academic All-America.

Four players earned all-Big South honors in Ben Smith (first team), Jacob May (second team), Will Remillard (second team) and Ryan Connolly (second-team).

May was picked in the third round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox, while Remillard went in the 19th round to the Chicago Cubs.

Connolly pitched in 139 career games spanning his four years, setting CCU and Big South records while ending his career ranked 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.

The Chanticleers 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 honor.

CCU swept through the conference tournament without a loss for the third-consecutive year en route to the tournament title and an NCAA Championship Tournament automatic bid.

Coastal's pitching staff ranked third in the NCAA in ERA (2.65) after leading the nation a majority of the season.

Coastal featured the Big South Player of the Year in Daniel Bowman and the Big South co-Pitcher of the Year in Aaron Burke, while a total of eight players earned all-Big South accolades in Bowman (first team), Rich Witten (first team), Tucker Frawley (first team), Burke (first team), Alex Buccilli (second team), Josh Conway (second team), Tyler Herb (second team) and Ryan Connolly (second team).

Bowman, who was named an all-American, had a remarkable senior season and 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 also 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 RBIs (206, third in Big South history).

Frawley was named a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, a first-team academic all-American, Big South Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year for all sports and was an eighth-round pick by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Josh Conway, who only played the first half of the season prior to suffering an injury, was taken in the fourth round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago Cubs.

Prior to the 2011 season, coach Gilmore was voted among the best in the business in a poll by

The Chanticleers won another Big South regular-season title going 20-7 in conference play and finishing the year at 42-20 overall. The Chants ended the season ranked 27th by Collegiate Baseball.

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 and 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 and 31st in stolen bases.

Tommy La Stella earned consensus all-American honors and was voted the Big South Player of the Year, while Matt Rein was also named an all-American and the Big South Pitcher of the Year. La Stella (first team), Rein (first team), Scott Woodard (first team), Anthony Meo (first team) were all named to the Big South all-conference first team.

Meo, a three-time first team all-Big South pick, joined Kirt Manwaring as the highest Chanticleer ever drafted, being the third pick of the second round of the 2011 MLB Draft.

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 round followed by Taylor Motter in the 17th and Bowman in the 38th.

Coastal Carolina set school and Big South records with 55 wins in 2010, going 55-10 overall for the season. The 10 losses were also the fewest-ever by the Chanticleers under coach Gilmore.

The 55 wins led the NCAA, while Coastal also had the nation's best winning percentage (.846), ranked second in the final RPI, was the overall No. 4 seed in the 2010 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-ever NCAA 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 with the Gamecocks.

The Chants ended the season ranked 11th in three polls and 12th in the remaining two.

Coastal finished the season ranked eighth in the NCAA in scoring (9.1 avg.), fourth in hits (603), third in home runs (111), ninth in slugging percentage (.553), third in stolen bases (161), eighth in ERA (3.53) and seventh in fewest hits allowed per nine innings (8.37).

Starting with a win over No. 10 Clemson on March 31, 2010, Coastal would win 17-straight games and 26 of its next 27 with the only setback being a 6-3 loss at No. 1 Virginia. The Chants climbed in the polls to be a consensus top-five program over 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 RBIs with 80.

On the mound, Meo was second in the nation with 13 wins, while Cody Wheeler, who was also 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. Iglesias was one of three finalists for the Johnny Bench Catcher of the Year Award, given to the best catcher in all of collegiate baseball.

Austin Fleet was both a first team Academic all-America selection and the Big South Male Student-Athlete of the Year, while Ryan Connolly was tabbed a freshman all-American.

In the Big South Conference, 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 in Noel, Tommy La Stella, Taylor Motter, Woodward, Iglesias, Meo, Wheeler and Matt Rein, while Connolly was a 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 the 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 rounds. Woodard (15th round) Keith Hessler (28th round) and Jim Birmingham (33rd round) were also drafted by decided to stay for the 2011 season.   
Prior to returning to his alma mater in 1996, Gilmore spent six seasons as head coach at USC Aiken, where he compiled a 256-102-2 record. He 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 in 1993, the Pacers once again won the Peach Belt Tournament title and advanced all the way to the NCAA Division II College World Series.

Gilmore was named the ABCA NCAA Division II Coach of the Year in 1993, 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, including once conference player of the year in Adam Riggs, and had nine players drafted.

Prior to his coaching career, Gilmore worked as a scout for the Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians.     
Gilmore played center field for Coastal Carolina during the 1979 and 1980 seasons where he hit .353 with 69 steals in 90 games as the lead-off hitter. After graduating in 1980, he played professionally in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.

Gilmore and his wife Cindy have a son, Chance, and a daughter, Samantha.

For a complete biography on Coach Gilmore click here (Coach Gilmore Full Bio – PDF)

Gilmore's Career Head Coaching Record
Year School Record Percentage Conference Record Postseason
1990 USC Aiken  45-10-0 .818 NA ---
1991 USC Aiken 48-13-0 .787 NA ---
1992 USC Aiken * 45-15-2 .742 10-2-1 NCAA DII
1993 USC Aiken * 46-18-0 .719 13-7 NCAA DII/DII College World Series
1994 USC Aiken ^ 35-22-0 .614 16-5 ---
1995 USC Aiken 34-24-0 .586 14-10 ---
1996 Coastal Carolina 24-29-0 .453 11-10 ---
1997 Coastal Carolina 23-31-0 .426 5-16 ---
1998 Coastal Carolina 31-29-0 .517 11-7 ---
1999 Coastal Carolina ^ 43-15-0 .741 10-2 ---
2000 Coastal Carolina 34-24-0 .586 11-10 ---
2001 Coastal Carolina * 42-20-0 .677 16-4 NCAA Regional
2002 Coastal Carolina * ^ 44-19-0 .698 16-5 NCAA Regional
2003 Coastal Carolina * 45-18-0 .714 12-7 NCAA Regional
2004 Coastal Carolina * 40-23-0 .635 16-8 NCAA Regional
2005 Coastal Carolina ^ 50-16-0 .758 21-3 NCAA Regional
2006 Coastal Carolina 30-27-0 .526 15-9 ---
2007 Coastal Carolina * ^ 50-13-0 .794 17-4 NCAA Regional
2008 Coastal Carolina * ^ 50-14-0 .781 17-3 NCAA Regional / Super Regional
2009 Coastal Carolina * ^ 47-16-0 .746 21-5 NCAA Regional
2010 Coastal Carolina * ^ 55-10-0 .846 25-0 NCAA Regional / Super Regional
 2011 Coastal Carolina * ^ 42-20-0 .677 20-7 NCAA Regional
2012 Coastal Carolina * ^ 42-19-0 .689 18-5 NCAA Regional
2013 Coastal Carolina 37-23-0 .617 18-6 NCAA Regional
2014 Coastal Carolina 24-33-0 .421 13-13 ---
2015 Coastal Carolina 39-21-0 .650 17-4 NCAA Regional
2016 Coastal Carolina * ^ 55-18-0 .753 21-2 NCAA Regional / Super Regional
College World Series Champions
2017 Coastal Carolina ^ 37-19-1 .658 22-7-1 --
2018 Coastal Carolina * ^ 43-19-0 .694 23-7 NCAA Regional

^ - Conference Regular Season Champion
* - Conference Tournament Champion