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July 31, 2010

Meyers agrees to Round 2 with Gamecocks

South Carolina’s search for a new pitching coach for its national championship baseball program has landed on an old name.

South Carolina’s search for a new pitching coach for its national championship baseball program has landed on an old name.

Sources said Saturday that Old Dominion coach Jerry Meyers will return to take the job he held at USC from 1997 to 2004. Meyers will replace the man who replaced him — Mark Calvi, who took the South Alabama head-coach-in-waiting job after the Gamecocks won the College World Series a month ago.

Meyers, 45, compiled a 167-158 record at Old Dominsion, with two winning seasons and no NCAA tournament appearances in six seasons. Meyers’ pitching staffs helped USC make six NCAA appearances in eight years, including trips to the College World Series from 2002-04.

He could not be reached for comment.

Meyers, who was the 2006 Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year, served as the pitching coach with the 2008 USA National team. Before joining USC, the former Iowa State pitcher had stints as an assistant at UNC Wilmington and Old Dominion.

Over the course of the search, a number of names emerged, including Louisville pitching coach Roger Williams and North Carolina pitching coach Scott Forbes, as well as former Gamecock standouts Kip Bouknight and Brett Jodie. But Williams and Forbes stayed at their respective schools, and Tanner decided on a more experienced coach.

A formal announcement is expected next week.

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