As of Wednesday morning, Mark Calvi said he hadn’t had any contact with his former boss, South Carolina AD Ray Tanner about the Gamecocks open baseball head coaching job.
The current head coach at South Alabama told that to AL.com, while also saying he turned down the Tennessee head coaching job. Tanner spoke to media Wednesday afternoon about the departure of Chad Holbrook.
Calvi was an assistant in Columbia from 2005-10. As pitching coach, he built the staff that won the 2010 College World Series championship and left many of the pieces that won the 2011 title.
“You know what they say about going home,” Calvi told AL.com. “It’s hard to do.”
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His final USC staff had a 3.45 ERA and averaged 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings.
He’s gone 207-151 in six season in Mobile, winning three Sun Belt Conference regular season championships or co-championships and three NCAA regional appearances. His last team went 40-21 and lost in the regional round.
“Coach Tanner is such a savvy coach and a savvy athletic director,” Calvi said. “These things don’t just come up. You have some guys lined up. Chad being a former assistant, that didn’t work out well. He didn’t do a national search (last time), so coach Tanner’s probably going to need a name. And there would probably be pressure for him to bring in a name, and not a former assistant.”