As we officially head into spring and dive into the college baseball season, Mike sits down with Coastal Carolina head coach Gary Gilmore, who began his 28th season at the helm of the Chanticleers’ program in 2023. Sure, Coach Gilmore is one of the most knowledgeable baseball minds you’ll ever meet. But it’s his love for his players and coaches that has set him apart and made the Chants a family. Listen in as Coach Gilmore shares his journey, and how love has made the difference.
Gary Gilmore was named the 2016 National Coach of the Year and has seen the Coastal program continually rise in the world of college baseball to a national power. A two-time ABCA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year (2005 and 2016) and a 10-time conference Coach of the Year, Gilmore ranks among the NCAA’s all-time top 25 in wins with 1,293 (through 2022 season) and entered the 2023 season ranked fourth overall in wins among all active NCAA Division I head coaches.
Under his guidance, Coastal won the 2016 NCAA College World Series, has made 17 NCAA berths, and advanced to a Super Regional three times. In addition to team success, the program has featured numerous draft picks – including 26 players drafted within the top 10 rounds over the last 15 years and built perhaps the best overall practice and playing facilities in the nation.
Gilmore was recently named the 2021 Jerry Kindall Character in Coaching Award winner presented by Fellowship Christian Athletes (FCA) and will be one of seven individuals inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame as part of the 2022 Class in January 2023.
Since 2000, the Chants have won 11 regular-season championships, 13 conference tournament championship titles, made 17 NCAA Division I Championship appearances, advanced to three NCAA Super Regionals, and won the 2016 NCAA College World Series.