Three candidates have already interviewed for the Clemson baseball head coaching position this week and one will receive a second interview Friday, according to reports.
College of Charleston head coach Monte Lee’s has met with Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich, which was first reported by TheClemsonInsider.com Thursday and confirmed by a source. The (Charleston) Post and Courier reported that Lee will interview with Radakovich again Friday.
A source told the Independent Mail on Thursday that Maryland head coach John Szefc and Virginia assistant Kevin McMullan have both interviewed with Radakovich.
All three coaches have been mentioned among an exhaustive list of candidates that began forming June 4 when 22-year Clemson head coach Jack Leggett was fired by Radakovich, who decided to “change direction” with the baseball program after the Tigers went 0-2 in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season.
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Lee has been a popular name since the Clemson job came open. The former South Carolina assistant under Ray Tanner has led the Cougars to four NCAA tourneys since taking over for his alma mater in 2009. In two years in the Colonial Athletic Association, Charleston’s won 89 games and one conference title. Lee also led the program to a Southern Conference championship in 2012.
Szefc took over for former Clemson assistant and current Michigan head coach Erik Bakich three seasons ago and has led Maryland to back-to-back regional titles. He also won the program’s first ACC championship since 1976 in 2014, when the Terps also won a regional at South Carolina.
McMullan has spent the last 12 seasons as an assistant under Brian O'Connor, including nine seasons as the associate head coach. McMullan is the recruiting coordinator and hitting coach of a program that’s making its fourth College World Series appearance since 2009 this weekend. He served as acting head coach at East Carolina in 2002, his only head coaching experience, when Keith LeClair was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease; the Pirates went 43-20 that season.