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Teal and Bronze

Visual header to teal and bronze feature "Gilmore Wins 1,000"

‌Gary Gilmore won his very first game as a head baseball coach against Presbyterian College in 1990, when he was at USC Aiken. Twenty-four years later, on April 17, 2014, the Chanticleers beat Presbyterian in a dramatic 4-3 win in 13 innings, giving Coach Gilmore his 1,000th victory.

Gilmore is the 50th NCAA Division I coach to reach 1,000 career wins and is one of 16 active coaches to reach the milestone. His career record now stands at 1,000-489-2 in his 25th year as a head coach, including a 747-387 mark in 19 years at CCU (1996-present) and a 253-102-2 record in six years (1990-95) at USC Aiken.

Image of President David A. DeCenzo presenting Gilmore with a framed 1,000 number shirt commemorating his milestone win.

Victory: CCU President  David A. DeCenzo (left)presents Gilmore with a framed 1,000 number shirt commemorating his milestone win.

Image of coach Gilmore receiving a congratulatory Powerade bath from his players.
Showers of Blessing:
 Coach Gilmore receives a congratulatory Powerade bath from his players.

Image of coach Gilmore embraced by family members after achieving his 1,000th win.

Hugs All Around: Gilmore is embraced by family members after achieving his 1,000th win.

Image of members of the Chanticleer baseball team saluting their coach with a banner on his big day.
Banner Day: Members of the Chanticleer baseball team salute their coach with a banner on his big day.


Gary Gilmore’s CCU Coaching Highlights

• 12 NCAA Regional appearances: 2001, ’02,  ’03, ’04, ’05, ’07, ’08, ’09, ’10, ’11, ’12, ’13

• Advanced to two NCAA Super Regionals:  2008, ’10

• 10 Big South regular-season titles: 2001, ’02, ’03, ’04, ’07, ’08, ’09, ’10, ’11, ’12

• Nine Big South tournament titles: 1999, ’02, ’05, ’07, ’08, ’09, ’10, ’11, ’12

• Nine CCU players have been finalists or semifinalists for a National Player of the Year Award.

• Coached 19 players to a total of 45 All-American honors at CCU.

• Coached eight Freshman All-Americans.

• Coached 17 players to a total of 20 All-Region/All-District honors.

• Coached the Big South Player of the Year nine times.

• Since the award began in 2007, has coached the Big South Pitcher of the Year five times. 

• Coached players earning 101 All-Big South honors.

 • Coached the 2010 and 2012 Big South Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year and four Big South Baseball Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

• CCU is the only Big South team to win 50 games in a season (a feat accomplished four times) and set school and Big South records by winning 55 games in 2010. The 55 wins also led the NCAA, as did CCU’s   .846 winning  percentage (55-10).

• In 2010, Coastal became the first Big South team to go undefeated in league play (25-0) and in the Big South Tournament (4-0) in the same year.

• Had 49 CCU players drafted and 86 players sign professional contracts, including 15 in the top 10 rounds at CCU.

Headline image of Teal and Bronze feature "Invitation to the Dance."

For the first time in 21 years, the Chants earn a spot in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

For the first time since 1993, Coastal Carolina University made it to the Big Dance. Earning a 16 seed in the East Region, the men’s basketball   team played No. 1 seed Virginia on March 21 in Raleigh, N.C. 

Coastal Carolina University did well enough in the first half to allow the Chanticleers to believe they could become the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. 

The event brought unprecedented positive media exposure to the university. Based a on media tracking report commissioned by CCU, the game generated approximately 5,000 news stories that promoted the University and the Chanticleers. The advertising value equivalency—what this exposure would cost if it were advertising space or time—of this coverage adds up to nearly $85 million with more than 9 billion potential viewers.

The Chanticleers led by 10 in the first half and five at halftime. Although the game finally ended in a 70-59 loss, the coach, the team and the fans felt that the Chants competed respectably. 

“We felt real good at halftime,” guard Eric Smith said. “We did a good job early on following the game plan, which was to control the boards, take good shots when we get them.”

It was the Chants’ third appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since 1993. CCU’s first trip to the tournament came in 1991.

Head coach Cliff Ellis is just the 10th coach in NCAA Division I history to lead four different programs in the NCAA Tournament and holds a career 6-7 record in the NCAA Tournament. He has taken two teams to the “Sweet 16,” including his 1990 Clemson squad and his 1999 Auburn team.

Ellis Receives the Gene Bartow Award

Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball head coach Cliff Ellis recently received the 2014 Gene Bartow Award from CollegeInsider.com.

Ellis led Coastal to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993 and became just the 10th coach in NCAA Division I history to lead four different programs to the NCAA Tournament. He holds a career 8-9 record in the NCAA Tournament. He has taken three teams to the “Sweet 16” including his 1990 Clemson squad, his 1999 Auburn team and his 2003 Auburn team.

This is the second year of the Gene Bartow Award, named after longtime coach Gene Bartow. The award recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to the game, on and off the floor. Last season, Pacific’s retiring coach Bob Thomason won the inaugural award.

Image of Warren Gillis driving to the hoop.

Warren Gillis (#10) drives to the hoop.

Image of coach Ellis cutting the net after the Big south Conference Championship game.

Head coach Cliff Ellis cuts the net after CCU's Big South Conference3 Championship game against Winthrop University.

Image of Elijah Wilson shooting a three pointer.

Elijah Wilson (#22) shoots a three pointer.

Image of CCU basketball team after obtaining their third Big South Championship title.

The Chanticleers celebrate winning the ViitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Conference Championship.