OMAHA (NCBWA) – After leading Coastal Carolina
to the greatest season in program history, including its first-ever
trip to the 2016 College World Series, CCU's 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 in Conway,
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 won 38 of its 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 Super Regional at LSU in two games, clinching
in dramatic, walk-off fashion last Sunday night.
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.
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ALL-TIME NCBWA COACHES OF THE YEAR
Gary Gilmore, Coastal Carolina
2015: Paul Mainieri, LSU
Mike Gillespie, UC Irvine
2013: Tracy Smith, Indiana
Matt Senk, Stony Brook
2011: David Esquer, California
Jim Schlossnagle, TCU
2009: Brian O'Connor, Virginia
Mike Batesole Fresno State
NCBWA Coach of the Year