Gary Gilmore (baseball)
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1986–1989||USC Aiken (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
Big South: 63–18
|Accomplishments and honors|
|2016 College World Series|
|ABCA Division II South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year (1993)
ABCA Division II Coach of the Year (1993)
ABCA Division I Atlantic Region Coach of the Year (2005)
8x Big South Coach of the Year (1999, 2002, 2005, 2007–2010, 2012)
Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame
USC Aiken Athletic Hall of Fame
Gary R. Gilmore is an American college baseball coach who is currently the head coach of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. He has held the position since the start of the 1996 season. Under him, Coastal Carolina has qualified for 14 NCAA Tournaments, most recently in 2016 where the team made its first appearance in the College World Series and won the 2016 NCAA National Championship.
Playing and scouting careers
A native of Franklin County, Virginia, Gilmore played two seasons (1979–1980) of baseball at Coastal Carolina. A center fielder, Gilmore had a .353 career batting average. He also played minor league baseball in the Philadelphia Phillies organization for a short time.
In 1986, Gilmore left scouting to become an assistant coach at Division II USC Aiken. Prior to the start of the 1990 season, he was named the program's head coach. In his first two seasons, USC Aiken had a combined winning percentage of over .800 as an NAIA program. The school's athletic programs moved to NCAA Division II for the start of the 1991–1992 academic year. In 1992, the program's first NCAA season, the Pacers went 45–18–2 and qualified for the NCAA Tournament. In 1993, Gilmore was named the Division II ABCA National Coach of the Year after USC Aiken went 46–18 and reached the Division II College World Series. In 1994 and 1995, Gilmore's final two seasons at USC Aiken, his teams had a combined record of 69–46, but both failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.
Gilmore became the head coach of Division I Coastal Carolina for the start of the 1996 season. After losing seasons in 1996 and 1997, the Chanticleers qualified for the postseason under Gilmore for the first time in 1998. With an 11–7 conference record, the team finished second in the Big South and qualified for the Big South Tournament. There, Coastal Carolina finished as the runner-up to Liberty. In 1999, the team won the Big South regular season championship with a 10–2 conference record. It hosted the Big South Tournament, but lost to Winthrop in the championship game. Gilmore was named the 1999 Big South Coach of the Year. In 2000, the team finished tied for fourth in the Big South and was eliminated early in the conference tournament.
In 2001, the team finished second and won the Big South Tournament to qualify for its first NCAA Tournament during Gilmore's tenure. The team won its first two games in the double-elimination Athens Regional, but host Georgia came out of the loser's bracket to defeat the Chanticleers twice and advance to the Super Regionals.
From 2001–2005, Coastal Carolina made five consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament; in that time span, it won four consecutive Big South Tournaments from 2001–2004, and Gilmore was named conference Coach of the Year in both 2002 and 2005. In the three NCAA Tournaments from 2002–2004, the team finished no higher than third in a regional. In 2005 season, the team lost to Winthrop in the Big South Tournament championship game but received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, its first such bid in Gilmore's tenure. In the Tempe Regional, the Chanticleers lost in the regional final to Arizona State.
From 2007–2012, Coastal Carolina won six consecutive Big South regular season and tournament titles; the program qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each season. Gilmore won the Big South Coach of the Year award in five of the six seasons (2007–2010, 2012). The program won at least 40 games in each season and at least 50 in 2007, 2008, and 2010.
The Chanticleers hosted three NCAA Regionals in the six-year span and advanced to the Super Regional round twice. In 2007, the program hosted an NCAA Regional for the first time but lost to second-seeded Clemson in the regional final. The team finished with a 50–13 record, and Gilmore signed a contract through the 2015 season following the season. In 2008, the Chanticleers hosted and won the Conway Regional, scoring at least 10 runs in wins over fourth-seeded Columbia, third-seeded Alabama, and second-seeded East Carolina. In the Cary Super Regional, Coastal Carolina lost to #2 national seed North Carolina, two games to none. In 2010, Coastal Carolina had a 25–0 Big South record and went 4–0 at the Big South Tournament to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. It was selected as the #4 national seed and hosted the Myrtle Beach Regional. There, after losing its second game to College of Charleston, the team won three consecutive games to win the regional from the loser's bracket. It then hosted the best-of-three Myrtle Beach Super Regional against eventual national champion South Carolina. In it, Coastal Carolina lost both games, 4–3 and 10–9, respectively, and was eliminated from the tournament.
In 2013, the Big South split into two divisions. Coastal Carolina won the South Division. After being eliminated from the Big South Tournament, the team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and went 0–2 at the Blacksburg Regional.
Under Gilmore, Coastal Carolina's home venue, Charles Watson Stadium, was renovated several times during the early 2000s. During the 2013 season, it was rebuilt as part of a $10.2 million project to rebuild Coastal Carolina's baseball and softball facilities.
On June 30, 2016 Gilmore led Coastal to the National Championship, with a 4-3 victory over Arizona. It was Coastal's first trip to the CWS in program history. Coastal becomes the 2nd school in the state of South Carolina to win the CWS, after South Carolina did it in 2010 and 2011.
Head coaching records
|USC Aiken Pacers (NAIA) (1990–1990)|
|USC Aiken Pacers (NCAA Division II independent) (1991–1991)|
|USC Aiken Pacers (Peach Belt Conference) (1992–1995)|
|1992||USC Aiken||45–15–2||10–2–1||NCAA Regional|
|1993||USC Aiken||46–18||13–7||College World Series|
|1994||USC Aiken||35–22||16–5||1st||Peach Belt Tournament|
|1995||USC Aiken||34–24||14–10||Peach Belt Tournament|
|Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (Big South Conference) (1996–2016)|
|1998||Coastal Carolina||31–29||11–7||2nd||Big South Tournament|
|1999||Coastal Carolina||43–15||10–2||1st||Big South Tournament[a]|
|2000||Coastal Carolina||34–24||11–10||t-4th||Big South Tournament[a]|
|2001||Coastal Carolina||42–20||16–4||2nd||NCAA Regional|
|2002||Coastal Carolina||44–19||16–5||1st||NCAA Regional|
|2003||Coastal Carolina||45–18||12–7||t-2nd||NCAA Regional|
|2004||Coastal Carolina||40–23||16–8||t-2nd||NCAA Regional|
|2005||Coastal Carolina||50–16||21–3||1st||NCAA Regional|
|2006||Coastal Carolina||30–27||15–9||3rd||Big South Tournament|
|2007||Coastal Carolina||50–13||17–4||1st||NCAA Regional|
|2008||Coastal Carolina||50–14||17–3||1st||NCAA Super Regional|
|2009||Coastal Carolina||47–16||21–5||1st||NCAA Regional|
|2010||Coastal Carolina||55–10||25–0||1st||NCAA Super Regional (#4 National Seed)|
|2011||Coastal Carolina||42–20||20–7||1st||NCAA Regional|
|2012||Coastal Carolina||42–19||18–5||1st||NCAA Regional|
|2013||Coastal Carolina||37–23||18–6||1st (South)||NCAA Regional|
|2014||Coastal Carolina||24–33||13–13||2nd (South)||Big South Tournament|
|2015||Coastal Carolina||39–21||17–7||2nd||NCAA Regional|
|2016||Coastal Carolina||55–18||21–3||1st||College World Series Champions|
|Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (Sun Belt Conference) (2017–present)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
Hall of fame inductions
- In this season, all eligible members of the Big South qualified for its postseason tournament.
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