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South Carolina Baseball: Mark Who?

South Carolina Baseball: Mark Who?

Mark Kingston, who guided USF's baseball program back to prominence in three seasons as coach, formally accepted the same position at SC on Friday.

If South Carolina makes it to the College World Series, Kingston earns $20,000 and another $30,000 if the Gamecocks reach the championship series.

Former Gamecocks coach Chad Holbrook was paid $400,000 annually before resigning earlier this month.

South Carolina's search for their next head baseball coach may finally be coming to an end.

Kingston, 47, will earn $475,000 annually in base salary at SC over six years, up from $140,000 he was receiving at USF.

The school's board of trustees approved his contract Friday morning, making him the new man to lead the ball team.

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The university says they plan to hold a news conference at 3 p.m.to formally introduce Kingston. He posted a 100-78-1 record during three seasons with the Bulls, and prior to that he posted a 170-101 record in five seasons at Illinois State University (ISU). South Florida won 42 games this past season, including victories against Florida and Florida State.

That's especially disappointing considering the Gamecocks began the 2017 season ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation.

Holbrook took USC to the Super Regionals twice, but stepped down after missing the NCAA Tournament for the second time in the past three seasons. In eight years as a head coach, the Buffalo native has guided three teams to the NCAA tournament - although none of his squads have ever advanced beyond the regional round.

Prior to becoming the head coach at USF, Kingston was the head coach at Illinois State from 2010-14, leading the Redbirds to the NCAA Tournament in 2010 - their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1994.

Kingston spent a lot of time as an assistant coach for successful programs, most notably as part of the Miami staff that won the 2001 College World Series title.

Kingston interviewed for the SC job June 22. This past season, USF shortstop Kevin Merrell set an American Athletic Conference record with a.384 batting average and was the 33rd overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft.


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