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
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
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.