Marty Gillespie was an assistant basketball coach at Rice for seven seasons (2000-07). Below is the final bio written about Gillespie, penned prior to the 2007-08 season.
Marty Gillespie begins his sixth season at Rice and 17th overall in NCAA Division I basketball. He also has been a head coach for seven seasons; four at the NCAA level and three at the junior college level. Gillespie has recruited and coached 14 NBA players, including four first-round draft choices and a total of 33 former players have reached the professional ranks.
Through the 2005-06 season, he had coached eight all-Americas, 54 allconference selections, and 26, 1,000- point scorers. He has helped recruit the all-time winningest recruiting class at four different colleges, the all-time leading scorer at four different colleges, and the all-time leading rebounder and shot-blocker at three different colleges.
At Rice, Gillespie's duties include recruiting, scouting, player development and academics, with an on-court focus of the Owls' front line players. Yamar Diene, now playing in France, became the school's alltime leader for blocked shots and was named to the 2003 Western Athletic Conference's all-defensive team. Michael Harris earned first team all-WAC honors in 2004 and 2005 and is Rice's all-time leading scorer. He has coached 25 players who have scored over 1,000 points and his son, Brock, broke the 1,000-point barrier in 2005.
Prior to joining the Owls, Gillespie served as the top assistant for two years at Austin Peay State. He helped guide the Governors to a combined 40-20 mark with a host of notable wins, including the Top of the World Classic in Alaska. Three of his former Austin Peay players are playing professionally, including all-America Trenton Hassell. The first recruiting class in Gillespie's first year went on to win more games in a four-year period than any previous APSU recruiting class.
Before Austin Peay, Gillespie served as the head coach at Wisconsin-Parkside from 1992-96. His status as a college head coach is perhaps the best indicator of his ability. First, he helped Parkside in its transition from NAIA to Division II status. The program, which had six straight losing records prior to his arrival, improved its win total in three consecutive seasons under his direction, setting new victory standards each year. On the way to those winning records, he coached his Division II squad to wins over Division I schools on three occasions and his teams became known for their highscoring style of play. In four years he had two players named to All-America teams and one player advance to play professionally in Europe.
In 1986-91 as an assistant coach at Bradley, Gillespie worked for former NBA head coach Stan Albeck. The Braves won three Missouri Valley Conference titles in that period and played in both the NCAA and NIT tournaments. Three teams were nationally ranked, including the 1987-88 squad which finished 10th in the country. In his five years with Bradley, the Braves had three MVC players of the year and three who were chosen as either the freshman or newcomer of the year. In addition, Bradley had the MVC individual scoring champion for five consecutive years, eight allconference selections and six future pros including Hersey Hawkins. Hawkins, who averaged more than 37 points per game as the nation's leading scorer his senior year, was a consensus all-America, the national player of the year, a member of the 1988 Olympic team, an NBA lottery pick and NBA all-star.
Bradley led the MVC in scoring for four straight years and set league scoring records by averaging more than 98 points per game. Their fastpaced, high-octane offense finished in the nation's top 10 in scoring three times and allowed the school to lead the conference in attendance and threepoint shooting in four of five seasons. Gillespie has the distinction of coaching both the NCAA scoring leader and NCAA assists leader while at Bradley.
Gillespie was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, where he was a three-sport standout in high school. He played basketball and baseball at Iowa State before earning his degree in 1979. He embarked on his coaching career at the University of Tulsa in 1979-80 and also began work on his Masters of Arts degree, which he earned in 1985.
From Tulsa, he moved to the Big Ten at the University of Minnesota as an assistant to Jim Dutcher in 1980-81. He helped the Golden Gophers to a Top 20 national ranking and appearance in the NIT quarterfinals. With Minnesota, Gillespie coached and recruited seven eventual NBA draft picks, including first-round selections Randy Breuer and Trent Tucker. Tucker was a first team all-America who went on to win an NBA championship in 1993 with the Chicago Bulls.
In 1983-86 Gillespie was the head coach at Worthington (Minn.) Community College, but that was only part of his duties. He was also the head baseball coach and offensive coordinator for the Bluejays football team. At Worthington, he led his basketball team to three consecutive conference championships as well as state and regional titles. In addition to setting numerous school and league records, his squad was the only non-scholarship team to advance to National Junior College Athletic Association Division I finals in Hutchinson, Kan. He was named conference and Midwest Region coach of the year during his tenure.
He and his wife, Nancy, have three children, Brock (24), Kari (21) and Tate (10). Brock is a four-year basketball letterman and is currently in his second season of professional basketball and Tate is a bat-boy for the Rice Owls baseball team.
Personal:Full Name: Marty Lynn Gillespie. Born: July 28, 1956, Des Moines, Iowa. Wife: Nancy. Sons: Brock and Tate. Daughter: Kari.
Education: High School: Tech H.S. in Des Moines, Iowa, 1975. College: B.S. education and psychology, Iowa State University, 1979. M.A. sports management, Tulsa, 1985.
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