The Golden Gophers are excited to announce the addition of Marty McGillan as assistant coach to the women’s basketball staff. Coach McGilllan brings to the Golden Gophers more than 25 years of coaching experience as a men’s basketball assistant. His résumé includes seven NCAA Tournaments, seven conference tournament titles, five regular season conference championships and more than 60 players going on to play professionally in the NBA, NBDL and overseas. McGillan will serve as the Gophers’ defensive coordinator and will have a pivotal role in player development and scouting.
McGillan comes to Minnesota from Winthrop University, where he spent two separate stints as a men’s assistant coach working primarily with perimeter players, recruiting and scouting. He helped the Eagles win the 2017 Big South Conference Tournament and make the NCAA Tournament field. McGillan spent the past four seasons at Winthrop, where he had previously coached from 2007 to 2012.
The Eagles won three conference tournament championships and two regular season championships (2015 and 2016) during McGillan’s tenure. They made three NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2010 McGillan was recognized by FOXSports.com as the Big South’s top assistant coach. NextUpRecruits.com gave him a top-three nod in 2014.
“Coach Marty is a seasoned veteran who will add value to all areas and aspects of our program,” Minnesota head coach Marlene Stollings said. “I have been able to observe firsthand his exceptional ability to teach, motivate and develop talent. Coach Marty's skill set will help elevate and immediately impact our program. His passion is contagious and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Gopher family.”
Between his two stints at Winthrop, McGillan served as an assistant coach at Kennesaw State for the 2012-13 season. His previous Division I men’s coaching stops were Wright State (2006-07), UNC-Wilmington (2002-06), College of Charleston (2001-02), The Citadel (1997-2001), Coastal Carolina (1996-97) and East Carolina (1991-96). He coached in one NCAA Tournament at Wright State, two at UNC-Wilmington and one at East Carolina, winning conference tournaments each of those years.
McGillan has coached more than 25 players who scored 1,000-plus career points. His players have also tallied 15-plus all-conference team selections, 10-plus all-defensive team selections and 10-plus all-academic team selections.
“I am thrilled at the opportunity to become a part of Coach Stollings’ staff at the University of Minnesota,” McGillan said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of one of the premiere basketball conferences in the nation. I was able to witness just how effective a teacher, motivator and coach Marlene is during her time at Winthrop University. Coach Stollings has had success at every stop in her career and when I was presented with this opening it was impossible to turn down. Being able to work with and have an impact on such unique and elite student-athletes, such as the ones here at Minnesota, is an unparalleled opportunity that I highly anticipate. I am truly fortunate to have the chance work alongside such nationally respected coaches like Nikita Lowry Dawkins and Gail Striegler as well as the rest of her staff. I cannot wait to start this new challenge.”
McGillan started his coaching career in 1990 with one season as an assistant at USC-Salkehatchie. He graduated from UNC-Wilmington in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation management. He and his wife, Tee, have two sons. Riley is a graduate assistant for Clemson men’s basketball, and Tate is a senior at South Carolina.
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