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Head Coach Mike Gillespie

The fifth time was the charm for Mike Gillespie. After leading UC Irvine to five NCAA Tournament berths in seven years, the 2014 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Coach of the Year tacked on a fifth College World Series appearance to an already prominent coaching resume. It was the second post-season trip to Omaha, Nebraska for the Anteaters, who posted a 41-25 overall record, the fourth time a Gillespie-led team has reached the 40-win plateau. UCI toppled No. 1 Oregon State in regional action and followed that with a two-game sweep of Oklahoma State at the NCAA Super Regionals to reach the CWS. There the team handed Texas a 3-1 loss in the opening game before losing to Vanderbilt and the Longhorns to end the post-season run. At the end of the year, UCI was ranked in the top 10 in four polls with its highest rank of No. 6 by Collegiate Baseball.

The season was not without its bumps in the road. Gillespie’s Anteaters started strong, winning 12 of the first 15 games to open the season. The team posted a pair of win streaks, registering a 10-game stretch and then adding nine straight wins during Big West action. However, the Anteaters stumbled at the end of the regular-season, losing eight of the last nine contests. Still, the team earned an NCAA postseason berth, its eighth since reinstating baseball in 2002 and went on an incredible run that caught many of the baseball pundits off guard. Anteater pitching, long one of the foundations of the program, led the way again in 2014 as the staff logged a 2.76 earned run average, the best in program history. It was just the second time a UCI team had recorded a team ERA below 3.00. Pitchers Andrew Morales and Sam Moore both collected All-America honors. Morales was named the Senior CLASS Award winner while Moore won the Gregg Olsen “Breakout Player of the Year” accolade. Five Anteaters were drafted by Major League Organizations in the First-Year Player Draft and five also earned All-Big West Conference nods.

Gillespie, an American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Famer, reached a personal milestone last year, collecting his 1000th career win early in the year. He boasts a Division I lifetime record of 1037-615-2 and is in the top 30 among active coaches with a .657 win percentage. As the

Anteater manager, Gillespie has produced the program’s only two Big West Players of the Year with Taylor Sparks, the most recent honoree winning the award in 2013. Ben Orloff, who was UCI’s inaugural Big West Player of the Year in 2009, is now an assistant coach on Gillespie’s staff.

Over seven seasons, Gillespie has produced 49 all-conference recipients, including a program -record 10 in 2009 when he led the Anteaters to their first conference title. In his tenure, an Anteater pitcher claimed Big West Pitcher of the Year honors five times from 2008-2014 and Big West Defensive Players of the Year, Brian Hernandez and D.J, Crumlich won the distinction back-to-back years in 2011 and 2012 under Gillespie’s guidance. Gillespie has proven to be a master at building successful programs with his Anteater teams recording 35-win seasons five times and finishing fourth or better in the competitive Big West Conference all seven years of his tenure.
Gillespie was hired in the fall of 2007, becoming the baseball program’s eighth head coach. In 2008, the Anteaters kicked off the year with a 16-1 mark for the program’s best start. UCI lost just two weekend series in the regular season and went on to advance to the NCAA postseason, defeating Oral Roberts and Nebraska to win the Lincoln Regional. UCI, which recorded a 42-18 record, was ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation.
He led the Anteaters into uncharted territory in 2009. That season UC Irvine was the consensus No. 1 team in the nation and was awarded a No. 6 national seed in the NCAA postseason, a first for UCI. Making their fourth consecutive postseason appearance, the Anteaters served as a regional host for the first time in the program’s history. Under Gillespie’s leadership, the Anteaters won their first-ever Big West Conference title, winning the championship with a 22-2 mark in league play and posting the Big West’s second-highest win percentage at .916. The Anteaters were a perfect 12-0 at home in conference action, becoming the first team in Big West history to accomplish the feat as well as recording the third straight 40-win season, finishing at 45-15. The 45 victories were the most since UCI became a Division I program in 1977-78. At the conclusion of the regular season, a school-record ten Anteaters were honored on the Big West All-Conference teams and Gillespie was voted the conference Coach of the Year, his fifth such honor.
In 2010, the Anteaters were 39-21 overall, logging a season-high six game win streak and earned the program’s sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. Daniel Bibona became the first Anteater to win back-to-back Big West Pitcher of the Year honors and became UCI’s strikeout leader with 332. Christian Bergman nearly threw a perfect game, facing 27 batters in a complete-game win and seven Anteaters garnered all-conference awards. In post-season action, Gillespie’s Anteaters eliminated LSU and finished as runners-up in regional play.
In 2011 the team dropped just two conference weekend series all year and then mounted a post-season charge at the Los Angeles Regional where the Anteaters defeated three conference champions, Fresno State, San Francisco and UCLA, to advance to the Charlottesville Super Regional. UCI earned eight All-Big West honors, the third-most collected by the program since 2009 and the 2011 season also saw UCI’s fourth no-hitter as Matt Summers handed Long Beach State a 2-0 shutout. UCI finished 43-18 for the program’s fourth 40-win season in the last five years and the team also posted a second-place finish in the Big West at 16-8 for its fourth consecutive top three conference finish. Brian Hernandez was named the Big West’s inaugural Defensive Player of the Year and he along with catcher Ronnie Shaeffer, collected American Baseball Coaches Association Gold Glove Awards with UCI being the only program with multiple recipients.
In 2013, UCI won 10 weekend series and posted a 25-9 record at home to improve to 126-46 at Anteater Ballpark during the Gillespie era. Seven players were voted to the all-conference teams, Sparks was named an ABCA Gold Glove winner and he and Morales combined for six All-America nods.

Gillespie’s coaching fame includes a 20-year career at USC, where he guided the Trojans to 15 postseason appearances, four College World Series appearances (1995, 1998, 2000 and 2001) and a national title in 1998 for which Gillespie was named National Coach of the Year by Collegiate Baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association.

Gillespie posted a 763-471-2 (.618) record during his tenure at USC, producing 30 major league players, including five who were voted to the All-Star Game in 2003 (Mark Prior, Barry Zito, Aaron Boone, Bret Boone and Geoff Jenkins).
His reign at USC began in 1987 and in just his second season, guided the Trojans to the West Regional, falling just one game shy of the College World Series. USC made four consecutive regional appearances, including winning the conference title in 1991. From 1993, Gillespie led USC to an impressive 10 consecutive postseason appearances that included back-to-back College World Series appearances in 2000 and 2001, marking the first time USC accomplished the feat since 1973 and 1974.
His teams won five Pacific-10 titles, garnered Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors four times (1991, 1995, 1996, 2002) and West Region Coach of the Year accolades twice (1996 and 1998) by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

In 2002, Gillespie directed his talents to the USA Baseball National Team, leading the team to a 27-3-1 record and posting the highest winning percentage (.900) in history until the mark was surpassed by the 2003 team. The national team reeled off a 21-game unbeaten streak at the end of the season and Team USA captured the crown with an 8-5 win against Cuba. For his efforts, Gillespie was nominated by the United States Olympic Committee as the baseball Coach of the Year. It was his second stint with USA Baseball, having served as an assistant coach with the 1997 USA team.

He is only one of two men (Arizona's Jerry Kindall) to both play for and coach an NCAA-championship baseball team. He was the left-fielder for USC’s 1961 national-championship squad and coached the 1998 team to the program’s 12th title.

Prior to coaching at USC, Gillespie coached at the College of the Canyons, where he built the program from scratch. In his 16 seasons at Canyons, Gillespie compiled a 420-167 (.716) record and won 11 Mountain Valley Conference championships, including six consecutive from 1981-86. He captured three state titles and finished as the California runner-up twice. His teams finished with 20 or more wins in 13 years of his tenure, posting 30-plus wins six times. His final squad won 41 games in 1986, the most-ever by a California community college at that time. His term included three California Community College Co-Coach of the Year awards.

Gillespie served as Canyon’s athletic director from 1977-86 and taught English, physical education and health education. He earned his bachelor’s (1962) and master’s (1963) degrees from USC.

Gillespie and his wife, Barbara, have four children, Kelly, Mitch, Matt and Tiffany and have three grandchildren, Cade, Cole and Samantha.

 The Gillespie File

  • 2014 National Coach of the Year
  • 2010 American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame
  • 1998 National Coach of the Year
  • Five-time Conference Coach of the Year
    (1991, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2009)
  • Three-time West Region Coach of the Year (1996, 1998, 2014)
  • 6 Conference Championships
  • 19 NCAA Post-season appearances
  • 8 Super Regional appearances 
Gillespie Coaching Record
Year School Record Conf./ Finish Postseason
2014 UC Irvine 41-25 (.621) 15-9/3rd CWS
2013 UC Irvine 33-22 (.600) 15-12/T-4th  
2012 UC Irvine 31-25 (.554) 13-11/4th  
2011 UC Irvine 43-18 (.705)  16-8/2nd  Super Regional
2010  UC Irvine  39-21 (.700)   17-7/2nd  Regional 
2009  UC Irvine  45-15 (.750)  22-2/1st  Regional 
2008  UC Irvine  42-18 (.700) 14-10/T3rd  Super Regional 
2006  USC 25-33 (.431)  11-13/T5th   
2005 USC 41-22 (.651) 15-9/T3rd Super Regional
2004  USC  24-32 (.429)  10-14/T6th   
2003  USC  28-28 (.500)  11-13/T5th   
2002  USC  37-24 (.607)  17-7/1st  Super Regional 
2001 USC  45-19 (.703)  18-6/1st  CWS 
2000  USC  44-20 (.688)  16-8/4th  CWS 
1999  USC  36-26 (.581)  17-7/2nd  Super Regional 
1998  USC  49-17 (.742)  21-9/1st  CWS Champion
1997  USC  42-20 (.692)  17-13/3rd  Regional 
1996  USC  44-16-1 (.718)  24-6/1st  Regional 
1995  USC  49-21 (.690)  21-9/1st  CWS 
1994  USC  41-20 (.677)  19-11/3rd Regional 
1993  USC  35-29 (.547)  15-15/4th  Regional 
1992 USC 28-26 (.527)  13-17/6th   
1991 USC 46-17-1 (.715)  23-7/1st  Regional 
1990 USC 40-22 (.641)  18-12/3rd  Regional 
1989 USC 41-25 (.625) 16-14/3rd Regional
1988 USC 36-26 (.570) 13-17/4th
1987 USC 32-28 (.533) 12-18/T5th  
Totals 1037-615-2 440-284  
         
         

 

Contact Coach Gillespie

Email: gillespm@uci.edu | Phone: 949-824-4292
Office: Newkirk Pavilion

Assistant Coach Ben Orloff

Ben Orloff begins his second season as an assistant coach with the Anteater program.

Orloff played with the Anteaters from 2006-09 and became the program’s first Big West Player of the Year. An accomplished shortstop, Orloff won the 2009 Brooks Wallace Award and was also the first Anteater player to win an American Baseball Coaches Association Gold Glove award. A three-time All-American, Orloff also was named to two NCAA Tournament teams and helped UCI to four post-season berths.

Recognized for his defensive talents, Orloff also evolved into a potent offensive threat, ending his collegiate career with a lifetime .320 batting average. Orloff is UCI’s all-time hit leader with 281 and owns the top mark in runs scored with 178. He leads all players with 241 games played and 877 at-bats. With 62 stolen bases, he is second in the UCI career annals and also dots the single-season records in multiple categories. Orloff led the nation two consecutive years in sacrifice hits and holds the NCAA single-season mark of 34 set in 2007 and in a career with 86.

Orloff was drafted in the ninth round by the Houston Astros. He climbed to Double-A Corpus Christi, hitting .298 this season with 11 RBI on 39 hits with 20 runs scored.


The Orloff File

  • Brooks Wallace Award Winner
  • All-American
  • Big West Player of the Year

   

Contact Ben Orloff

Email: borloff@uci.edu | Phone: 949-824-6033

Office: Newkirk Pavilion

Assistant Coach Danny Bibona

Daniel Bibona is in his third season coaching the Anteater arms and is coming off a banner year that was highlighted by ‘Eater pitching.

In 2014 the pitching staff set a school record by posting a program-best 2.76 team ERA, surpassing the previous mark of 2.95 (2011) and becoming just the second Anteater team to log an earned run average below 3.00. The Anteaters also pitched in a program-best 591 innings and posted 27 saves, eclipsing the previous high of 20, recorded in 2009 and 2006.

Bibona mentored Andrew Morales and Sam Moore to multiple All-America honors with the former winning the Senior CLASS Award, the same honor that Bibona captured in 2010. Moore, who struggled on the mound in 2013, became the NCAA, Big West and UCI single-season leader in saves with 23 in 2014. Moore was voted the Gregg Olsen Award, honoring the “Breakout Player of the Year”.

Bibona played from 2007-10 and was the first Anteater to be named Big West Pitcher of the Year back-to-back seasons. The southpaw collected five All-America honors and also was a two-time all-conference first-team selection. Bibona helped the Anteaters to four NCAA Tournament berths and was voted to two NCAA Regional All-Tournament teams. He was named a USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semifinalist and holds the career record in strikeouts. Bibona also won the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for displaying excellence in four areas; community service, the classroom, character and competition.

Bibona, who received a degree in sociology, was drafted in the eighth round by the St. Louis Cardinals and pitched for the Quad City River Bandits, where he was 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA while striking out 39 batters in 33 innings.

The Bibona File

  • All-American
  • Two-time Big West Pitcher of the Year
  • Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Winner

 

 

Contact Coach Bibona

Email: danielbibona@yahoo.com | Phone: 949-824-1154
Office: Newkirk Pavilion

Assistant Coach Eric Deragisch

Eric Deragisch is in his fifth year with the Anteater staff and makes the move to coaching ranks as the volunteer assisant after serving as the program's Director of Operations for the last four seasons.

After a standout career on the field at UCI from 2008-09, Deragisch remained with program as the undergraduate assistant in 2010. He then assumed the position of Director of Operations in 2011 and enters his second season this year.

Deragisch was an All-Big West first-team honoree and posted a .331 career batting average, along with 116 hits including 15 doubles, five triples and four home runs. He also had 55 RBI. 

Prior to playing at UCI, he competed at Sierra College, where he was named to the 2007 All-Northern California Team and voted to the Big 7 All-Conference Team as a sophomore. He played 41 games and was second on the team with a .353 average while leading the team with 14 doubles and 34 RBI.

Deragisch prepped at Jesuit High School, where he was voted the team's Player of the Year in 2005. He led the team to a Delta League championship and picked up all-league honors in 2004 and 2005. During his senior season, he batted .296 with 18 RBI to go along with 24 hits and 27 runs scored. He also spent some time on the mound and a 4-0 record on the hill, striking out 15 in 24 innings and hurled a pair of complete games.

He graduated from UCI with a degree in sociology.


 

 

 

 

 The Deragisch File

  • All-Big West Conference 
  • NCAA All-Tournament

 

 

Contact Eric Deragisch

Email: ederagis@uci.edu | Phone: 949-824-1154
Office: Newkirk Pavilion

Director of Operations Evan Brock