Sources: USC hires Bulls' Kingston as new coach


The University of South Carolina reportedly has its man to head the school’s baseball program.

Several sources reported on Thursday that South Florida head coach Mark Kingston will be the man chosen by athletics director Ray Tanner to replace Chad Holbrook.

Kingston has been the head coach at USF for three seasons, leading the Bulls to the NCAA tournament in two of those three seasons. They won 42 games this past season.

The USC Board of Trustees are scheduled to meet today, and The State in Columbia reported that the new baseball coach’s salary is up for discussion.

Before going to USF, the 47-year old Kingston was the head coach at Illinois State for five years beginning 2010.  Kingston was 170-101 at Illinois State and 100-78-1 at USF for a career record of 253-180-1.

The USC job came open after Holbrook resigned on June 6 after five years on the job. While Holbrook led Carolina to two super regionals, he also missed out on the NCAA tournament in two seasons.

Holbrook became the USC head coach after serving under Tanner as an assistant for four years. Tanner stepped down after leading USC to the College World Series championship series three straight years. The Gamecocks were national champions in 2010 and ’11 and runners-up in ’12.