Coastal’s Gilmore captures National Coach of the Year

ccubase-gilmorecoyAfter leading Coastal Carolina to its first-ever trip to the 2016 College World Series,  Chanticleer head coach Gary Gilmore has been named to National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association  National Coach of the Year.

“Congratulations to Coach Gilmore on his first NCBWA National Coach of the Year award and getting his Chanticleers to Omaha,” NCBWA Executive Director Bo Carter said. “He has given so much time and energy to that program and for him to lead his team to the pinnacle of the sport is a testament to his loyalty and dedication.”

Gilmore’s squad punched its first ticket to the CWS with a thrilling 4-3 walk-off victory over LSU in game two of the Baton Rouge Super Regional last weekend. The victory was the 49th of the season for the Chanticleers, who have made 15 NCAA Regional appearances and three NCAA Super Regional appearances under Gilmore’s watch at his alma mater.

CCU opened the season ranked No. 24 in the NCBWA preseason poll and after dropping out for several weeks, returned to the rankings on April 18 and have since remained thanks to winning 38 of their last 46 games. The Chants have won 841 games during Gilmore’s tenure and arrive in Omaha winners of 15 of their last 16 games, including a 5-1 mark in NCAA Tournament play.  CCU won the Big South regular season by seven games, swept through the Big South Tournament, won the NCAA Raleigh Regional and became the first team to sweep LSU at Alex Box Stadium in an NCAA Super Regional.

The Big South regular season and tournament champions had six players earn all-league honors, while Gilmore was named Big South Coach of the Year for the ninth time, outfielder Connor Owings was the Big South Player of the Year and righthander Andrew Beckwith was the Big South Pitcher of the Year. Shortstop Michael Paez was taken in the fourth round by the New York Mets during last week’s MLB Draft.  Owings and designated hitter G.K. Young were recently named first team NCBWA All-Americans, while third baseman Zach Remillard and righthander Mike Morrison were named to the third team.

NCBWA membership includes writers, broadcasters and publicists. Designed to promote and publicize college baseball, it is the sport’s only college media-related organization, founded in 1962.

ALL-TIME WINNERS
2016 – Gary Gilmore      Coastal Carolina
2015 – Paul Mainieri        LSU
2014 – Mike Gillespie     UC Irvine
2013 – Tracy Smith           Indiana
2012 – Matt Senk             Stony Brook
2011 – David Esquer        California
2010 – Jim Schlossnagle TCU
2009 – Brian O’Connor   Virginia
2008 – Mike Batesole     Fresno State

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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