Mike Gillespie (baseball) is confirmed dead at the age of 80.
Mike was best known as a American baseball player and coach (USC Trojans).
Mike Gillespie
Biographical details
BornMay 7, 1940
Los Angeles, California
DiedJuly 29, 2020(2020-07-29) (aged 80)
Irvine, California
Playing career
1960–1961USC
Position(s)Infielder / Outfielder
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1971–1986College of the Canyons
1987–2006USC
2007Staten Island Yankees
2008–2018UC Irvine
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1977–1986Canyons
Head coaching record
OverallCollege: 1,156–720–2 (.616)
Professional: 47–28 (.627)
TournamentsNCAA: 75–44 (.630)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
As player:

As head coach:

  • College World Series (1998)
  • Pac-10 Southern Division (1991, 1995, 1996, 1998)
  • 2× Pac-10 Playoff (1995, 1996)
  • 2× Pac-10 (2001, 2002)
  • Big West (2009)
Awards

(1991, 1995, 1996)

  • Pac-10 Coach of the Year (2002)
  • Big West Coach of the Year (2009)
  • 3× ABCA West Region Coach of the Year (1996, 1998, 2014)
  • ABCA Hall of Fame (2010)
Michael James Gillespie (May 7, 1940 – July 29, 2020) was an American college baseball coach. He served as the head coach at UC Irvine and head coach at USC from 1987 to 2006. He led USC to the 1998 College World Series championship, having previously won it as a player in 1961.
Contents
1 Career
1.1 College
1.2 Professional
2 Death
3 Head coaching record
4 See also
5 References
Career
College
Gillespie started his coaching career at the College of the Canyons, a California junior college. He started the school's baseball program in spring 1971 after the school's fall 1969 founding. In sixteen seasons as head coach, he had a 420–167 record.
Gillespie posted a 763–471–2 (.618) record as the coach of USC. In addition to the 1998 championship, he led USC to the CWS in 1995, 2000 and 2001, with the 1995 team advancing to the title game. In 2005, 13 former players coached by Gillespie were playing in Major League Baseball, while six of his former players were All-Stars including (Mark Prior, Barry Zito, Aaron Boone, Bret Boone, and Geoff Jenkins in 2003, and Morgan Ensberg in 2005). He resigned from USC on June 2, 2006.
Gillespie also played baseball at USC under coach Rod Dedeaux, and was a member of the 1961 College World Series champions. Along with Jerry Kindall, he is one of only two individuals who have both played for and coached a College World Series champion. He was succeeded as USC's head coach by Chad Kreuter, a former major league catcher who is also married to Gillespie's daughter Kelly.
In September 2007, Gillespie was named coach UC Irvine's baseball team, replacing Dave Serrano, who had just guided the Anteaters to their first CWS appearance but left to take over at Cal State Fullerton, his alma mater, after George Horton left Fullerton to head the new program at Oregon.
On January 8, 2010, Gillespie was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame.
Professional
On February 2, 2007, Gillespie was named manager of the New York–Penn League Staten Island Yankees. He replaced Gaylen Pitts, who led the team to its second consecutive New York–Penn League Championship. In his only season, he led them to a 47–28 record.
Death
Gillespie died on July 29, 2020, in Irvine, California. He was 80, and suffered from lung issues and a stroke in the time leading up to his death.
Head coaching record
Below is a table of Gillespie's yearly records as an NCAA head baseball coach.
Statistics overview
Season
Team
Overall
Conference
Standing
Postseason
USC Trojans (Pacific-10 Conference) (1987–2006)
1987
USC
32–28
12–18
T–5th (South)
1988
USC
36–26
13–17
4th (South)
NCAA Regional
1989
USC
41–25
16–14
3rd (South)
NCAA Regional
1990
USC
40–22
18–12
3rd (South)
NCAA Regional
1991
USC
46–17–1
23–7
1st (South)
NCAA Regional
1992
USC
28–26
13–17
6th (South)
1993
USC
35–29
15–15
4th (South)
NCAA Regional
1994
USC
41–20
19–11
3rd (South)
NCAA Regional
1995
USC
49–21
21–9
1st (South)
College World Series
1996
USC
44–16–1
24–6
1st (South)
NCAA Regional
1997
USC
42–20
17–13
3rd (South)
NCAA Regional
1998
USC
49–17
21–9
1st (South)
CWS Champions
1999
USC
36–26
17–7
2nd
NCAA Super Regional
2000
USC
44–20
16–8
4th
College World Series
2001
USC
45–19
18–6
1st
College World Series
2002
USC
37–24
17–7
1st
NCAA Super Regional
2003
USC
28–28
11–13
T–5th
2004
USC
24–32
10–14
T–6th
2005
USC
41–22
15–9
T–3rd
NCAA Super Regional
2006
USC
25–33
11–13
T–5th
USC:
763–471–2 (.618)
327–225 (.592)
UC Irvine Anteaters (Big West Conference) (2008–2018)
2008
UC Irvine
42–18
14–10
T–3rd
NCAA Super Regional
2009
UC Irvine
45–15
22–2
1st
NCAA Regional
2010
UC Irvine
39–21
17–7
2nd
NCAA Regional
2011
UC Irvine
43–18
16–8
2nd
NCAA Super Regional
2012
UC Irvine
31–25
13–11
4th
2013
UC Irvine
33–22
15–12
T–4th
2014
UC Irvine
41–25
15–9
3rd
College World Series
2015
UC Irvine
33–23
15–9
3rd
2016
UC Irvine
31–25
11–13
8th
2017
UC Irvine
23–33
9–15
7th
2018
UC Irvine
32–24
13–11
T–3rd
UC Irvine:
393–249 (.612)
162–105 (.607)
Total:
1,156–720–2 (.616)
      National champion  
      Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion  
      Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion
      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion
See also
List of current NCAA Division I baseball coaches
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