TC224: Gary Gilmore, Coastal Carolina

There are many factors that going into being a “top coach”, but winning the College World Series in Omaha certainly doesn’t work against you. Gary Gilmore has had one busy schedule since his Coastal Carolina team won it all in Omaha last June. In fact, the weekend I ran into him at the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association convention in Waco, he was in the midst of three consecutive days of speaking engagements in three different states — none of them in South Carolina!

In this episode, Coach Gilmore talks about his prodigious offseason schedule, growing up in Virginia, learning the game from his legendary coaching father, how “grinders” sometimes make the best coaches, mid-major conference baseball, passing up on a power five conference position, the new facilities at Coastal, and staff development.

Also in this episode, Coach Gilmore talks about a book that has had a huge impact on his life — Lead for God’s Sake, by Todd Gongwear.

Notable quotes:

  • “Winning and losing — they come and go — but relationships are forever.”
  • “If we don’t get this done, our journey ends.”
  • “I wake up every day realizing how blessed I am.”


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photo credit: Coastal Carolina Athletics

Intro Music: Matt’s Blues, Kevin MacLeod (

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