South Carolina will hire USF coach Mark Kingston as its new baseball coach, according to a report from Dan Lucas of WFLA.
USF baseball coach Mark Kingston is going to take the job at South Carolina.
— Dan Lucas (@WFLADan) June 29, 2017
SEC Country’s Mike Wilson has confirmed that report through his sources.
It was reported earlier on Thursday that the South Carolina board will meet on Friday, with a baseball coach contract approval on the agenda.
Kingston’s USF squad finished the 2017 season with a 42-19 record and made a NCAA regional appearance. He has a 253-180-1 record and three NCAA regional appearances through eight seasons as a head coach, three of which were spent at South Florida (2015-17). Prior to his arrival there, he coached five seasons at Illinois State (2010-14) and won the Missouri Valley coach of the year award twice.
Prior to becoming a head coach, Kingston spent 13 seasons as an assistant college baseball coach at Purdue (1997-98), Illinois State (1999, 2009), Miami (2000-01) and Tulane (2002-08).
According to his bio on the official USF baseball website, Kingston was “drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers out of North Carolina in 1992, the Northern Virginia native played professionally for five seasons with Milwaukee and the Chicago Cubs organizations.”
The Gamecocks have been looking for a replacement for former coach Chad Holbrook, who resigned at the conclusion of the 2017 season which saw the Gamecocks miss the field of 64 in the NCAA baseball tournament.