Former Luther College baseball coach Brian Gillogly has been inducted into the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association (WBCA) Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place at the Middleton Marriott during the annual WBCA Clinic and Convention Saturday, Feb. 8.
During his 22 seasons as head coach at Luther and Marian University (WI), Gillogly amassed over 550 career victories.
A 1982 graduate of Luther, Gillogly took over the Luther baseball program in 2002 and during his 10 years at the helm, returned the Norse to the top of the Iowa Conference and national recognition. Six of his teams posted 24 or more wins, including a school record 31 in 2007, and five squads finished the year nationally ranked. In 2007, he led Luther to its first Iowa Conference (IIAC) championship and NCAA III National Tournament appearance since 1985 and was named IIAC Coach of the Year. Two years later, the Norse were once again crowned league champions, for the 13th time in school history. His teams set 58 individual and team records, while compiling a record of 220-172. Sixteen players earned a total of 28 all-conference honors, including one conference MVP and 12 all-region performers.
He came to Luther from Marian where he guided the baseball program from its inception in 1988 until 1999. During his tenure, he led the Sabres to 11 seasons of 20 or more wins, including six straight 30-win campaigns and 11 conference championships. His teams never missed the postseason.
His 1993 squad set a school-record with 38 wins on the way to an NAIA World Series appearance. Two years later, he was named NAIA National Coach of the Year. He coached nine Lake Michigan Conference Players of the Year, 32 NAIA All-District honorees, eight NAIA honorable mention All-Americans, one Major League Baseball Amateur Draft pick (Brian Miller '95).
Gillogly, along with another Luther College graduate Carl “Kip” Nordstrom ’81 of Lodi High School, and Jeff Hogan of Milwaukee Hamilton High School, made up the 2014 class.