Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Holbrook resigns as South Carolina's coach

Chad Holbrook averaged 40 wins in his five seasons at South Carolina, but twice
failed to reach the NCAA Tournament (Palmetto State Baseball photo)

Chad Holbrook has resigned after five seasons as head baseball coach at South Carolina, the school announced Tuesday night.

Holbrook won 200 games and went to two Super Regionals as head coach, but missed the NCAA Tournament of his final three seasons. The Gamecocks were 35-25 this season, including a 3-2 effort in the SEC Tournament that may have helped them move into the tournament picture as a bubble team.

There was growing discontent with the program's direction among a segment of the fan base.

“I want to thank our fans, players, coaching staff and everyone that touched Carolina baseball,” Holbrook said in the USC news release. “This will always be a special place for me and my family. Wearing that jersey, being a part of two national championships (as an assistant coach), and meeting so many great people are things I will always treasure. I will always be a Gamecock!"

According to the release USC athletic director Ray Tanner said “We thank coach Holbrook for his dedication and commitment to the program and wish him the best in his future endeavors."

Holbrook was an assistant coach under Tanner and was named to succeed him as baseball coach after Tanner was named director of athletics.

The release did not mention to status of Holbrook's assistants. Tanner is scheduled to have a press conference Wednesday afternoon in Columbia.


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