Before he was leading Coastal Carolina to an improbable run to the College World Series finals, Gary Gilmore was leading the USC Aiken baseball program. Gilmore was the Pacers head coach from 1990-95. He was an assistant prior to that from 1986-89. Gilmore led the Pacers to the Division II College World Series in 1993.

Clearwater, South Carolina native Calvin Coach played on that world series squad. He played at USC Aiken from 1992-95. Coach, who now works for the Barnwell Police Department, says he always knew the “very competitive” Gilmore would have success at Coastal Carolina. “He had a way to make everybody mesh,” Coach said Tuesday. “He had a way from the way he would look at you, some of the things he would say, it would bring out the best in you. Everyone would gel and have fun. He made it a lot of fun.”

Coach also wanted to add that Gary Gilmore was “more than just a coach. He was like a father figure to the players.” He said that coach Gilmore not only made them better players but also better people.

Calvin Coach went on to play professional baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals organization after leaving USC Aiken.

Gilmore and the Chanticleers face Arizona in Game 2 of the best of 3 College World Series finals Tuesday night at 8:00. Coastal Carolina needs to win to force game 3 on Wednesday.