Mike Gillespie (basketball)
April 2, 1951|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||1–2 (NCAA Division I)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|2 MEAC Tournament (2004, 2007)|
Mike Gillespie (born April 2, 1951) is the former head men's basketball coach at Florida A&M University.
High school coaching
Gillespie began coaching career on the high school level in his home state, winning 223 games from 1974 through 1987.
Starting in 1988, Gillespie coached at St. Leo College (now St. Leo University) in St. Leo, Florida, just north of Tampa. There, he won 26 games in two seasons (1988–89 to 1989–90), including a 15–12 mark his first year.
Gillespie then moved to Tallahassee, where he built the now nationally renowned Tallahassee Community College program from scratch. From 1991-92 to 2000-01, Gillespie guided the Eagles to 258 wins in 10 seasons. Compil back-to-back 30-plus win seasons in 1995–96 (30–2) and 1996-97 (35–2), his teams were annually ranked among the nation's best junior college programs.
He then moved to Division I Florida A&M, where he compiled a record of 60–64, won two MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament championships, and made two NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament appearances, in 2004 and 2007. In his last season, he led the Rattlers to their first 20-win season since 1989–90.
Beginning in March 2005, police investigated Gillespie several times on stalking complaints, and warned Gillespie to stop his behavior. However, it is later proven that he never did stalk anyone.
On May 25, 2007, Gillespie was arrested on a misdemeanor stalking charge. His accuser had previously reported Gillespie to police on May 15, 2007, but declined to file charges. However, she filed charges after he stalked her at work again on May 24 and 25. Gillespie was released from jail on a $1,000 bond.
Professional coaching career
Head coaching record
|Saint Leo Lions (Sunshine State Conference) (1988–1990)|
|Florida A&M (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (2001–2007)|
|2003–04||Florida A&M||15–17||10–8||T–5th||NCAA Division I First Round|
|2006–07||Florida A&M||21–14||12–6||2nd||NCAA Division I Opening Round|
Postseason invitational champion