Mike Gillespie Biography – Mike Gillespie Wiki
Mike Gillespie (born Michael James Gillespie) was an American college baseball coach. He was the head coach at UC Irvine from 2008 to 2018 and head coach at USC from 1987 to 2006. He led USC to the 1998 College World Series championship.
Gillespie started his coaching career at the College of the Canyons in 1971. He was a head coach there for 16 seasons. After College of the Canyons, he became the head baseball coach at USC in 1987. He coached the Trojans until 2006. In 20 seasons, he finished with a 763-471-2 record. He coached the team to the NCAA Regionals 15 times and had four College World Series appearances.
After his resignation from USC in 2006, Gillespie briefly coached the Staten Island Yankees for one season in 2007, a minor league affiliate of the New York Yankees.
In 2008, Gillespie took the head coaching job at UC Irvine. He coached UC Irvine for 11 seasons, retiring after 2018. While there, he compiled a 393-249 record and had one appearance in the College World Series in 2014.
Mike Gillespie Age
Mike Gillespie was born on May 7, 1940, in Los Angeles, California. He died on July 29, 2020. He was 80 years old.
Mike Gillespie Wife
Mike Gillespie was married to his wife, Barbara Gillespie.
Mike Gillespie Children
Mike Gillespie and his wife, Barbara Gillespie, have four children, Kelly, Mitch, Matt, and Tiffany.
Mike Gillespie Family
Mike Gillespie and his wife, Barbara Gillespie, have four children, Kelly, Mitch, Matt, and Tiffany, and have three grandchildren, Cade, Cole, and Samantha. Gillespie’s daughter Kelly is married to Chad Kreuter, a former major league catcher.
Mike Gillespie Death
Mike Gillespie died at his home in Irvine on July 29, 2020, at the age of 80. USC Baseball tweeted: “The #TrojanFamily and college baseball world lost a giant today with the passing of legendary coach Mike Gillespie.”
UC Irvine Director of Athletics Paula Smith said in a statement: “On behalf of UCI Athletics Department, I want to offer heartfelt condolences to Coach Gillespie’s wife, Barbara, his children, Kelly, Mitch, Matt and Tiffany; his grandchildren and his extended family. Mike was a leader, mentor, successful coach, and trusted colleague. We have lost a great baseball coach and even better man. He touched so many lives and he will be missed by many.”
UC Irvine head coach Ben Orloff – who played for and coached alongside Gillespie – said in a statement: “Today has been tough. There are not enough words to describe Coach Gillespie. He is among the greatest coaches in the history of college baseball. He was a larger than life figure on and off the field. Anyone that had an opportunity to be around him is better because of it. He means so much to me personally. I’ve been so lucky to spend the time I have around him the last seven years. He’s made and continues to make me a better person and coach. I have kept his nameplate in his office that I now occupy as a reminder of what it means to be a coach and to constantly try to make him proud.”
Chicago Tribune Cubs reporter Mark Gonzales tweeted: “Terribly saddened by passing of Mike Gillespie, coach of 1998 CWS champion USC Trojans. Produced dozens of major leaguers from College of Canyons, USC and UC Irvine, and made people around him better people. RIP No. 19 ✌️”
Mike Gillespie Cause of Death
Mike Gillespie’s cause of death has not been revealed.
Mike Gillespie Net Worth
Mike Gillespie’s net worth was estimated to be $2 million.