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Gary Nottingham is in his ninth season at Illinois as Assistant to the Head Coach after being hired by Bruce Weber on June 11, 2003.
Nottingham, who worked with Weber as a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky, was head coach at Glenville State College from 1983-1997 and at the University of South Carolina-Spartanburg from 1997-2002, compiling an overall record of 272-262. At the end of the 2002 season at Spartanburg, Nottingham ranked among the Top 50 in career wins among the 290 active NCAA Div. II basketball coaches.
Nottingham was just 26 years old when he earned his first head coaching position at Glenville in 1983. He was the 1993 West Virginia Conference Coach of the Year after leading Glenville to a 21-5 record and No. 18 ranking in NAIA, the school's best season since 1942. The Pioneers finished second in the WVC that season with 17 league wins (a school record), the school's highest conference finish since '42. Nottingham led Glenville to second place at the 1995 WVC Tournament and to five semifinal appearances in his 14 seasons. Nottingham also tied a school record by leading Glenville to 10 winning seasons in conference play.
His best season at South Carolina-Spartanburg 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.
Nottingham earned a bachelor's degree from Glenville State in 1979 and a master's degree from Western Kentucky in 1980.
He was a varsity letterwinner in two sports at Glenville as an undergraduate, serving as captain of the basketball team and earning all-conference honors in baseball. His success as a player, coupled with the coaching accomplishments at his alma mater, led to Nottingham's induction into the Glenville State College Athletics Hall of Fame in May, 2007.
He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Champaign with their two children, Paulina and Jacob Quin.
The Gary Nottingham File
Hometown: Gassaway, W.V. Education: Glenville State, B.S., 1979; Western Kentucky, M.S., 1980 Family: Wife, Jennifer; Children, Paulina and Jacob Quin Coaching Experience: 1981-83 Glenville State College, Assistant Coach 1984-97 Glenville State College, Head Coach 1998-2002 University of South Carolina-Spartanburg, Head Coach 2004- University of Illinois, Assistant to the Head Coach