Gary Nottingham
Gary Nottingham
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 304-473-8053
Hometown: Gassaway, W. Va.
High School: Braxton County
Previous College: Glenville State '79; Western Kentucky '80
Major: Physical Education

Gary Nottingham begins his third season as head coach of the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats.

Nottingham arrived at West Virginia Wesleyan College after spending 10 successful seasons as the Assistant to the Head Coach Bruce Weber at the University of Illinois from 2003-2013.

Nottingham has top 10 nationally-ranked recruiting class coming in for the 2016-17 season.

Last year's team improved five wins over the previous season and advanced to the Mountain East Conference Quarterfinals. 

His Bobcat teams have led the MEC in scoring defense and defensive rebounding the last two years in a row. Last year's team was ranked 25th nationally in scoring defense. 

He coached Tanner McGrew for two seasons as McGrew emerged as a part-time starter to an All-American and led the nation in rebounding this past season.

During his time at Illinois, the Fighting Illini program reached unparalleled heights.

The 2004-05 Illinois team reached the NCAA Finals against the University of North Carolina. It was the first-ever appearance for Illinois in a NCAA Championship game. During that season, Illinois was ranked No. 1 in the nation for 15 straight weeks and reeled off 29 straight victories.

Nottingham helped managed day-to-day basketball operations, daily practice and assisted in game planning. He also served as in-game advisor to Head Coach Bruce Weber for play calls and game management situational advice.

He was also the video coordinator for all opponent game scouting, team and individual improvement, analyzed video of all future opponents for game planning.

He assisted in the development of five NBA draft picks, including three first 1st round picks, Luther Head, Myers Leonard and Deron Williams and eleven players that played professionally overseas.

In Nottingham’s 10 years at Illinois, they earned six NCAA National Tournament appearances, advanced to the Final Four once, and the Sweet Sixteen twice.

Nottingham returned to his native West Virginia after growing up in Gassaway, W. Va.

A 1979 graduate of Glenville State College, he lettered in both basketball and baseball. He earned his master’s degree from Western Kentucky University in 1980. In that same year, he returned to his alma mater to serve as an assistant football coach, head tennis coach and assistant basketball coach.

In 1983, at just 26 years of age, Glenville State named Nottingham their new men’s head basketball coach, it was a position he would hold until 1997. Making him the youngest Head Coach in America at four year school at the time.

During his tenure at Glenville State, Nottingham accumulated 207 wins. His men's basketball teams posted 10 winning seasons, second most in school history. His 1993 team compiled a 21-5 record and a No. 18 ranking in the NAIA. For his accomplishments that season, he was named WVIAC Coach of the Year and NAIA District Coach of the Year. His Glenville State teams advanced to the WVIAC Tournament semi-finals five times.

In 2007, he was inducted into the Glenville State College Hall of Fame.

Following his time at Glenville State, Nottingham accepted a position as head coach at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, SC.

His best season at USC-Upstate came in 1998 when he led the Rifles to a 22-7 mark, the NCAA Div. II Regional Semifinals and Top 20 national ranking. Spartanburg won the 1998 Peach Belt Championship.

He is married to the former Jennifer Chapman of Richwood, W. Va. The couple have two children, Paulina, a senior on the West Virginia Wesleyan volleyball team, and Quin, who will play basketball and baseball at WVWC.