Mike Gillespie To Be Inducted Into ABCA Hall Of Fame
Jan. 8, 2010
LOS ANGELES -- Former USC baseball head coach Mike Gillespie will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame today and will be honored in a banquet held in Dallas. Gillespie spent 20 years as head coach at USC (1987-2006) before taking over at UC Irvine prior to the 2008 season.
Gillespie ranks 24th in victories among active coaches at the Division I level, holding an 850-504-2 (.627) record.
He recorded a 763-471-2 (.618) mark at USC and guided the Trojans to 15 postseason appearances, four College World Series appearances (1995, 1998, 2000 and 2001) and a national title in 1998 for which Gillespie was named National Coach of the Year by Collegiate Baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association.
USC made four consecutive regional appearances, including winning the conference title in 1991. From 1993, Gillespie led USC to an impressive 10 consecutive postseason appearances that included back-to-back College World Series appearances in 2000 and 2001, marking the first time USC accomplished the feat since 1973 and 1974.
His teams won five Pac-10 titles with Gillespie garnering Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors four times (1991, 1995, 1996, 2002) and the West Region Coach of the Year accolades twice (1996 and 1998) by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Gillespie, who has produced 28 major league players, is only one of two men (Arizona's Jerry Kindall) to both play for and coach an NCAA-championship baseball team. He was the left-fielder for USC's 1961 national-championship squad and coached the 1998 team to the program's 12th title.
In 2009 Gillespie was named the Big West Coach of the Year after leading UCI to its first-ever conference title with a 22-2 mark to boast the second-best winning percentage in conference history at .917. The Anteaters became the first team in Big West history (dating back to 1985) to go undefeated in league games with a perfect 12-0 mark at Anteater Ballpark and the team was ranked No. 1 during the regular season for the first time, holding the spot for six straight weeks. The program also played host to an NCAA regional for the first time in school history.
In his first season (2008) with the Anteaters, Gillespie led UC Irvine to its third consecutive NCAA postseason appearance, as the team recorded the second-highest number of wins in the school's Division I history with 42. UCI went undefeated in regional action prior to falling in three games in super regional play.
In two seasons at UCI, Gillespie has produced 16 all-conference standouts and watched his players collect 16 All-America honors.
Prior to coaching at USC, Gillespie coached at the College of the Canyons, where he built the program from scratch. In his 16 seasons at Canyons, Gillespie compiled a 418-165 (.717) record and won 11 Mountain Valley Conference championships, including six consecutive from 1981-86. He captured three state titles and finished as the California runner-up twice. His teams finished with 20 or more wins in 13 years of his tenure, posting 30-plus wins six times. His final squad won 41 games in 1986, the most-ever by a California community college at that time. His term included three California Community College Co-Coach of the Year awards.
Gillespie served as Canyon's athletic director from 1977-86 and taught English, physical education and health education. He earned his bachelor's (1962) and master's (1963) degrees from USC.