Gary Gilmore

Head Coach

Coastal Carolina University

   

Gary Gilmore just completed his 21st season at his alma mater, Coastal Carolina, and what a season that was as the 2016 National Coach of the Year led the Chanticleers (SHON-ti-Clears) to the NCAA Division I National Championship and, for a second time in six seasons, led CCU to an NCAA-best 55 win season. 

The 2016 squad exemplified the team’s mantra of being “Selfless and Relentless.” It started when the team was down two runs and down to its last strike in an elimination game at the NCAA Raleigh Regional when the team found a way to rally and advance to the Super Regional. Then, Coastal became the first team to sweep LSU at home in an NCAA Super Regional. The Chanticleers kept the momentum by defeating top seed Florida in the opening round of the College World Series and later fourth seed Texas Tech in the first of five elimination game wins en route to the national title. And, with his two wins over Arizona in the Championship series, Gilmore has won an even 1,100 games in his career, which ranks 14th among active NCAA Division I coaches and 35th overall. 

Gilmore has long been known for his teams’ ability to bunt proficiently as steal bases. However, the last two seasons, Gilmore adapted his philosophy to the new bats and balls to be known as one of the premier power-hitting teams in the nation. In fact, Coastal has ranked among the nation’s top 10 in home runs, sacrifice bunt and stolen bases in each of the last two years. CCU has also ranked among the NCAA top 10 in double plays each of the last two years, while the CCU pitching staff has led the league in ERA six times in the last 10 years. 

In his 27 years as a head coach, Gilmore has led USC Aiken to the NCAA Division II World Series and Coastal to 14 NCAA Regional berths. He has coached 28 players to 65 All-American honors, had 68 players drafted and a total of 97 players signed professional contracts with David Sappelt, Mike Costanzo, Rico Noel, Tommy La Stella, Keith Hessler and Taylor Motter all playing in Major league Baseball.