Columbia (WBTW) – The University of South Carolina has found their next baseball coach. South Florida head man Mark Kingston was officially introduced as the Gamecocks new head coach at a press conference at Williams Brice Stadium on Friday afternoon.
Kingston comes to Carolina following a three-year stint as the head coach at USF. He compiled a 100-78-1 record while in Tampa, helping the Bulls to a pair of NCAA Regional appearances. Kingston owns a career mark of 253-180-1 in eight seasons as a head coach, including five at Illinois State, with three NCAA appearances in that eight-year span.
Kingston has helped lead 11 teams to NCAA Tournament berths as an assistant and head coach – with four of those teams appearing in the NCAA Super Regionals, two participating in the College World Series and one winning a national championship
He is the 30th coach in Gamecocks baseball history but is just the 5th coach since 1970 to lead the Gamecocks.
Chad Holbrook resigned earlier in the month, leaving the position open for the last couple weeks.