Mitch Gilfillan
Mitch Gilfillan
Title: Assistant Coach
Phone: 618-650-3092
Previous College: Lehigh '06, Valparaiso '09

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Mitch Gilfillan enters his first year as an assistant coach at SIUE after serving the last four years on the coaching staff at Ball State University of the Mid-American Conference.

After serving a year at Ball State as the Director of Basketball Operations in 2009-10, Gilfillan was elevated to assistant coach at age 26, making him the youngest assistant coach in the MAC at the time. In his first year as an assistant, the Cardinals finished 19-13, marking the 11th most wins in a single season in Ball State history.

While coaching the Cardinals, Gilfillan was instrumental in the Cardinals’ recruiting process, including helping the Cardinals land one of the top junior college players in the country in Majok Majok. Known as a tireless recruiter, Gilfillan also was involved with scouting, game preparation, practice planning and community relations.

Gilfillan worked closely with the Ball State guards, and helped mentor standouts Randy Davis and Jauwan Scaife. Davis finished his career third on Ball State's all-time assists list with 446 and finished second nationally in assist/turnover ratio as a senior.  Scaife, an All-MAC performer as a senior, finished his career with the second most three-pointers made in Ball State history.  While on staff, Gilfillan also coached three All-MAC Rookie team selections and one of Ball State’s most elite post players in school history, four-time All-MAC performer Jarrod Jones, who would later earn a spot on the Sacramento Kings Summer League team before competing overseas.

A native of Morton, Ill., Gilfillan was a four-year letter winner as a player at Lehigh University.  After earning Patriot League All-Rookie honors as a freshman, Gilfillan helped Lehigh claim its first ever Patriot League regular season and tournament championships as a sophomore, which led to a berth in the 2004 NCAA tournament.  As a senior, Gilfillan was named team captain while finishing with a 19-12 record.


Gilfillan also was highly decorated off the court at Lehigh, earning the Undergraduate Merit Award, Outstanding Service Award, Coaches Award, and the Southside Booster Award. He graduated in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in political science before earning a Juris Doctor from Valparaiso University School of Law in 2009.

Gilfillan graduated from Peoria Notre Dame High School in 2002 after earning 11 varsity letters.  As a three-sport athlete, Gilfillan earned all-state honors in basketball and soccer.  He was named a McDonald’s All-American nominee and was a member of the St. Louis Eagles AAU team.

Gilfillan and his wife, Ashley, live in Glen Carbon, Ill.