The Gamecocks and new Athletic Director Ray Tanner made a quick decision on the vacant head coaching position by announcing Associate Head Coach Chad Holbrook as the new head coach of the Gamecocks.
Holbrook takes over at USC after four years as associate head coach, recruiting coordinator and hitting instructor. He's a well-known coach in the college baseball ranks and has spent a lot of years coaching winning baseball.
A big thing Holbrook brings to the table is an incredible recruiting work ethic that rivals few across college sports. He was recently named one of the top recruiters in all of college sports so you know the talent level won't diminish under new head coach Chad Holbrook.
AD Ray Tanner had this to say:
"We are fortunate to have Coach Holbrook as an integral part of our program. He is an exceptional coach, recruiter and mentor for our players. The job he has done and continues to do is exemplary. He is one of the top coaches in the country and he is an outstanding ambassador for the University of South Carolina."
Holbrook has all the experiences you need at the top level in college baseball. The years he spent at UNC developing a top-notch program, along with the past four seasons at USC, have given him the opportunity he has in front of him now.
Will there be an adjustment? Of course there will. Chad Holbrook will tell you this himself. Make no mistake, though, this adjustment will be minor and South Carolina will continue its strong program under Chad Holbrook.
Ray Tanner didn't have to look hard for his replacement. He was already on the staff working on a four-year interview.
I think the Gamecocks will be fortunate to have Chad Holbrook as its head coach for years to come.