Usha Gilmore (pronounced YOU-Sha) is in her second season with the Illini after being hired to Jolette Law's staff in September, 2010. Gilmore came to Illinois after one season as an assistant coach at Niagara University. She played at Rutgers from 1996-2000 when Law served as the associate head coach for the Scarlet Knights. At Illinois, Gilmore has a role in recruiting, the development of the Illini post players, scouting and assists with organizing the summer camp.
In her first season with the Illini, Gilmore teamed with assistant coach Michael Peck in the development of the Illinois posts, with her work paying dividends in the breakout performances from Karisma Penn and Lana Rukavina.
At Niagara, Gilmore was responsible for post player instruction, overall player development, community service and team academic advising. She was also the recruiting coordinator for the Michigan, New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York City areas.
Prior to her stint at Niagara, Gilmore spent seven seasons as a collegiate assistant coach. In 2008-09, she was an assistant coach at Southern Polytechnic State University, an NAIA school outside of Atlanta, and prior to that she spent time at Davidson College, Longwood University, Southern Illinois University and Wagner College. Her primary duties have included coaching guards, recruiting, film exchange coordinator, working as the strength and conditioning coach and serving as an academic advisor.
Gilmore played her college ball at Rutgers University under Law and legendary head coach C. Vivian Stringer. A four-year starter for the Scarlet Knights, Gilmore helped the program rise to national prominence by leading the team to an overall record of 88-41 and three NCAA tournament appearances, including a run to the Final Four in 2000. She was also a Big East Conference All-Rookie team selection in 1997. Gilmore received a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology with a minor in African-American studies from Rutgers in 2000.
In 2000, Gilmore was a third-round pick of the Indiana Fever of the WNBA. During her season with the Fever, she represented the organization at over 25 speaking engagements within the community to promote health and education.
A native of Moncks Corner, S.C., Gilmore was the 1996 Miss South Carolina Basketball and the 1996 South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year during her high school playing days.
THE GILMORE FILE
updated November 2011