OMAHA, NE (WMBF) – A record-breaking season for Gary Gilmore continued on Saturday in Omaha, as the longtime Coastal Carolina head coach was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Coach of the Year. It's the first time Gilmore has been honored with the award.
"This is just a very humbling experience for me," Gilmore said. "About 20-some years ago, getting to Coastal...to where we're at today has been an awesome journey. There have been so many people intertwining in my life that has helped us get to this point."
Gilmore has taken Coastal to a 49-16 record this year, while the team won its 14th Big South Tournament title, its first ever super regional games, and also its first ever College World Series appearance.
Clemson freshman Seth Beer was also honored on Saturday, winning the Dick Howser trophy, awarded to the college baseball player of the year.
Beer, a true freshman, hit .369, with 18 home runs and 70 RBI for the Tigers.