Named head coach of the Erie BayHawks on July 19, 2018, Noel Gillespie enters his first season with the College Park Skyhawks and is the franchise’s first-ever head coach. Noel brings 17 years of professional basketball experience to the Skyhawks.
Prior to the 2018-19 season, he was the inaugural head coach of the Greensboro Swarm, NBA G league affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets, for
two seasons. Gillespie was also an assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets for three seasons. Before his time in Denver, he worked for the Phoenix Suns for 10 seasons. He started with the Suns in 2003-04, spending his first season as assistant video coordinator and the next four seasons as video coordinator. He was named an advance scout in 2008-09 and spent the following season as an assistant coach/advance scout.
Prior to the start of the 2010-11 campaign, Noel was promoted to a full-time assistant coach. In 2007, while with the Suns, he was named an assistant coach for the Western Conference All-Star Team and the sophomore team at the Rookie Challenge during All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas.
A native of Milwaukee, WI, Noel began his NBA career in 2001-02, serving as a video assistant for the Indiana Pacers. He then spent the 2002-03 season as a graduate assistant for men’s and women’s basketball at Florida State University. Noel is a graduate of University Wisconsin-Whitewater, earning a degree in electronic media communications with a minor in coaching. He and his wife, Sherry, have two children, Jack and Rowen