Mike Gillespie (baseball coach)

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Mike Gillespie
Born (1940-05-07) May 7, 1940 (age 74)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Baseball Coach
Known for Head Coach for USC 1987-2006

Mike Gillespie (born May 7, 1940) is a college baseball head coach best known for leading the University of Southern California Trojans from 1987 to 2006. He coached the Trojans to the 1998 College World Series (CWS) championship. Currently, Gillespie coaches the UC Irvine Anteaters baseball team.



Gillespie started his coaching career at the College of the Canyons, a California junior college. He started the school's baseball program in spring 1971 after the school's fall 1969 founding. In sixteen seasons as head coach, he had a 420-167 record.[1]

Gillespie posted a 763-471-2 (.618) record as the coach of USC. In addition to the 1998 championship, he led USC to the CWS in 1995, 2000 and 2001, with the 1995 team advancing to the title game. In 2005, 13 former players coached by Gillespie were playing in Major League Baseball, while six of his former players were All-Stars including (Mark Prior, Barry Zito, Aaron Boone, Bret Boone, and Geoff Jenkins in 2003, and Morgan Ensberg in 2005). He left USC following the 2006 season.

Gillespie also played baseball at USC under coach Rod Dedeaux, and was a member of the 1961 College World Series champions. Along with Jerry Kindall, he is one of only two individuals who have both played for and coached a College World Series champion. He was succeeded as USC's head coach by Chad Kreuter, a former major league catcher who is also married to Gillespie's daughter Kelly.

In September 2007, Gillespie was named coach UC Irvine's baseball team, replacing Dave Serrano, who had just guided the Anteaters to their first CWS appearance but left to take over at Cal State Fullerton, his alma mater, after George Horton left Fullerton to head the new program at Oregon.[2]

On January 8, 2010, Gillespie was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame.


On February 2, 2007, Gillespie was named manager of the NY-Penn League Staten Island Yankees. He replaced Gaylen Pitts, who led the team to its second consecutive NY-Penn League Championship.

Head coaching record[edit]

Below is a table of Gillespie's yearly records as an NCAA head baseball coach.[1][3]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
USC Trojans (Pacific-10 Conference) (1987–2006)
1987 USC 32-28 12-18 t-5th (South)
1988 USC 36-27-1 13-17 4th (South) NCAA Regional
1989 USC 42-25-1 16-14 3rd (South) NCAA Regional
1990 USC 41-23 18-12 3rd (South) NCAA Regional
1991 USC 46-18-1 23-7 1st (South) NCAA Regional
1992 USC 29-26 13-17 6th (South)
1993 USC 35-29 15-15 4th (South) NCAA Regional
1994 USC 42-20 19-11 3rd (South) NCAA Regional
1995 USC 49-22 21-9 1st (South) College World Series
1996 USC 44-17-1 24-6 1st (South) NCAA Regional
1997 USC 45-20 17-13 3rd (South) NCAA Regional
1998 USC 49-17 21-9 1st (South) College World Series
1999 USC 36-26 17-7 2nd NCAA Super Regional
2000 USC 44-20 16-8 4th College World Series
2001 USC 45-19 18-6 1st College World Series
2002 USC 37-24 17-7 1st NCAA Super Regional
2003 USC 28-28 11-13 t-5th
2004 USC 24-32 10-14 t-6th
2005 USC 41-22 15-9 t-3rd NCAA Super Regional
2006 USC 25-33 11-13 t-5th
USC: 770-476-4 327-225
UC Irvine Anteaters (Big West Conference) (2008–present)
2008 UC Irvine 42-18 14-10 t-3rd NCAA Super Regional
2009 UC Irvine 45-15 22-2 1st NCAA Regional (#6 National Seed)
2010 UC Irvine 39-21 17-7 2nd NCAA Regional
2011 UC Irvine 43-18 16-8 2nd NCAA Super Regional
2012 UC Irvine 31-25 13-11 4th
2013 UC Irvine 33-22 15-12 t-4th
2014 UC Irvine 41-25 15-9 3rd College World Series
UC Irvine: 274-144 112-59
Total: 996-595-4

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Head Coach Mike Gillespie". UCIrvineSports.com. UC Irvine Sports Information. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Peter Yoon, Gillespie to coach UC Irvine, Los Angeles Times, September 25, 2007.
  3. ^ "2013 Big West Conference Baseball Standings". D1Baseball.com. Jeremy Mills. Archived from the original on May 28, 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2013.