USC associate head baseball coach Chad Holbrook said Wednesday that he hopes be in Columbia for the foreseeable future.
Holbrook is considered one of the top candidates to take over the head coaching vacancy at Tennessee. Obviously Holbrook is not going to spend too much time talking about his coaching future with a Super Regional on the plate, but he did offer some interesting comments.
“The official response is, I love being at South Carolina and that’s where I want to be a long time,” Holbrook said. “When you get around good players that win some games from time to time sometimes your name is going to pop up. I am in a place I want to be a long time, and my family is in a place they want to live a long time.”
Holbrook said all coaches listen when a head coaching job pops up, and he is doing the same with the Tennessee vacancy.
“We have had some discussions about that and I am certainly working through that with coach Tanner at this time. Tennessee is a great school, a great baseball program, it’s in the SEC and they have been to the College World Series and they’ve won some SEC Championships. It is a good program. You certainly don’t turn your back. All coaches listen. It is a head coaching job."
Ray Tanner has made it clear he won’t let Holbrook go without a fight. He said at the SEC Tournament he would like Holbrook to be his replacement when he hangs it up. That is an idea Holbrook seems very open to.
“I’m not in a hurry to be a head coach,” Holbrook said. “I am not in a rush to be a head coach. I can be as happy as a pig in mud here at South Carolina the next eight to 10 years as an assistant. I mean that sincerely. I love it here.”