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September 24, 2007

Exclusive: UC Irvine to hire Mike Gillespie

UC Irvine has hired former Southern California coach Mike Gillespie to guide its program, a source close to the situation told Rivals.com Monday afternoon.

Gillespie previously served as manager for the Staten Island Yankees - the New York Yankees' short-season Class A affiliate.

Gillespie led the Yankees to the playoffs, but he is known for his long tenure at USC.

In 20 seasons with the Trojans, Gillespie compiled a 763-471-2 (.618) record. He also guided USC to a national title in 1998 when the Trojans defeated Arizona State 21-14.

Gillespie's last year at USC was 2006.

In addition to Gillespie, Cal State Los Angeles coach Pat Shine is apparently returning to UC Irvine as an assistant coach. Shine was an assistant on John Savage's staff when he coached the Anteaters.

Before taking the coaching job at CSLA last December, Shine was an assistant at UCLA.

We will have more on UC Irvine's hire as it becomes available.

Kendall Rogers is the college baseball editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at kendall@rivals.com.