Gilmore, who was the Bearcats' assistant head coach as well as their defensive line coach, brings recruiting ties to Washington, D.C., where he coached at Howard University; Michigan, where he coached at several schools, and Ohio.
A 1981 graduate of Wayne State in Detroit, Gilmore moved from Central Michigan to Cincinnati in 2007 with head coach Brian Kelly, who guided the Bearcats to the Big East title this season and a trip to the Orange Bowl. Cincinnati finished 31st in the nation in total defense (321.9 yards a game), 19th in run defense (115) and led the Big East in sacks (2.86).
In 2006, Gilmore's only season at Central Michigan, two defensive linemen earned all-league honors. In 2002-05, Gilmore was assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Howard University. He also was the defensive line coach for the Bison, who led the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in total defense in 2004 and 2005.
In 1998-2001, Gilmore was the special teams coordinator and coached the defensive line and running backs at Norfolk State. He began his coaching career at Wayne State in 1985. He also was an assistant at Michigan State (1988), Northern Michigan (1989-90), Grand Valley State (1991-93), Wayne State (1994), and Eastern Michigan (1995-97).