|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|2003–2006||US Women's National Team (Assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|ECAC Hockey Regular Season Championship (1996)|
|1986 Salem State Athletic Hall of Fame|
1988 ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year
2005 John MacInnes Award
2008 Parker-York Award
2010 Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame
|Women's ice hockey|
|Representing the USA|
|Women's World Championships|
Mike Gilligan is a retired American ice hockey coach. He was the head coach at Vermont from 1983 through 2003 and later became an assistant with the UVM women's team for seven more seasons before retiring in 2014.
Mike Gilligan started as a defenseman for Salem State for three seasons, serving as captain and earning All-American honors in the final two before moving onto a brief minor league career in the early 1970s.
Gilligan returned to Salem State in 1975 to serve as head coach for his alma mater. Playing in ECAC Hockey's now defunct Division II league, Salem State became a powerhouse under Gilligan, winning at least 20 games in each of his six seasons behind the bench. Their best finish came in 1979 when they finished 4th in the NCAA Division II Men's Ice Hockey Championship. After the 1980-81 campaign Gilligan accepted an offer to serve as Tim Taylor's assistant at Yale. Two years later Taylor took a hiatus from the University to serve as an assistant for Team USA at the 1984 Winter Olympics, leaving the Bulldogs in the hands of Gilligan for the 1983–84 season. Gilligan acquitted himself by getting Yale to a 12-13-1 record and after the conclusion of the season was chosen to replace Jim Cross at Vermont
Gilligan's first season with the Catamounts was a disappointing, finishing with an 8-21-0 record, but by the end of his second season he had gotten them back on track, winning 17 games. over the next 12 seasons Vermont would post winning records 10 times and made their first NCAA tournament berth in 1988. Gillian's best season came in 1995–96 when he won Vermont's it's only Regular Season Championship with a 27-win season and saw the Catamounts make the Frozen Four for the first time, finishing 3rd in the 1996 tournament behind the strong play of future NHLers Martin St. Louis and Tim Thomas.
In the 1999–00 season both Gilligan and Vermont were tarnished as a result of a hazing scandal that caused the University to cancel its season after only seventeen games and while it did not lead to Gilligan's dismissal he would never again field a winning team, resigning from his post after the 2002–03 season, one win shy of the school record.
After leaving Vermont Gilligan became an assistant for the US Women's National Team for over two years, helping the team to win gold at the 2005 IIHF Women's World Championship and bronze at Torino the following year. Gilligan returned to Vermont in the fall of 2006 as an assistant for the women's team and remained in that position until his retirement in 2014.
Gilligan was inducted into the Salem State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986 and was co-ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year with Bill Cleary two years later. After retiring as head coach Gilligan was named the 2005 recipient of the John MacInnes Award, the 2008 recipient of the Parker-York Award and was inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey hall of Fame in 2010
Head coaching record
|Salem State Vikings (ECAC Hockey Division II) (1975-76–1980-81)|
|1978-79||Salem State||23-11-1||NCAA Division II Fourth Place|
|Yale (ECAC Hockey) (1983-84–1983-84)|
|Vermont (ECAC Hockey) (1984-85–2002-03)|
|1987-88||Vermont||21-11-3||14-7-1||4th||NCAA East Regional Quarterfinals|
|1989-90||Vermont||9-20-2||7-13-2||9th||ECAC First Round|
|1991-92||Vermont||16-12-3||10-9-3||7th||ECAC Preliminary Round|
|1992-93||Vermont||12-16-3||10-11-1||7th||ECAC Preliminary Round|
|1995-96||Vermont||27-7-4||17-2-3||1st||NCAA Frozen Four|
|1996-97||Vermont||22-11-3||13-6-3||3rd||NCAA East Regional Quarterfinals|
|1997-98||Vermont||10-20-4||7-11-4||t-9th||ECAC First Round|
|1998-99||Vermont||13-18-2||7-13-2||9th||ECAC First Round|
|2000-01||Vermont||14-18-2||8-12-2||10th||ECAC Four vs. Five|
Postseason invitational champion
* Vermont canceled the 1999-2000 season after only 17 games due to a hazing scandal.
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- "Yale Men's Hockey Team History". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
- "Vermont Men's Hockey Team History". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
- "NCAA Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
- "Vermont Cancels season in Player Hazing Scandal". The New York Times. 2000-01-15. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
- "Vermont's Gilligan Retires". USCHO.com. 2005-05-16. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
- "ECAC Hockey Awards". College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
- "Gilligan Wins 2005 MacInnes Award". USCHO.com. 2005-01-26. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
- "Mike Gilligan Inducted Into The Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame". Vermont Catamounts. 2010-11-11. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
- Biographical information and career statistics from The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| Tim Taylor Award