Lexington pitching coach Banks Faulkner is leaving his post with the Wildcats after three seasons to become the baseball coach at Summerville.
It will the second head coaching stint for Faulkner, who is a Lexington high graduate. He led Wando to a 18-13 record in 2011 before joining the Wildcats staff when Brian Hucks departed after the 2011 season. In the past three seasons, Lexington played for Class 4A Lower State title in 2012, won the state championship in 2013 and was eliminated in the from the Lower State playoffs by West Ashley on Monday.
“Wando was my first head coaching job, and looking back on it I probably wasn’t quite ready,” Faulkner said. “I’ve matured a lot being with Brian Hucks. You see things differently when you’re a little older. I’ve been trying to wait on the right thing. I was in a great place at Lexington. It’s a great place to coach, but this is a special opportunity to run my own program. I want Summerville to be the flagship school in the Lowcountry, and I think I have everything in place to do that. There is a great support staff down there.”
Hucks spoke highly of Faulkner and has little doubt his longtime friend will find success.
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“He’s the best pitching coach I’ve ever been around,” Hucks said. “He’s been a integral part of our success. I hate to see him go, but I understand his aspirations to be a head coach. I wish nothing but the best for him. We’ll remain lifelong friends.”
Faulkner will replace interim head coach Alan Bridges, who will remain on the Green Wave staff. Bridges was the interim coach since January when longtime coach Burt Bazzle stepped down for family reasons. Summerville finished 19-7 this season and lost to Sumter in the District 6 finals.
Many of the players that will return for the Green Wave will have knowledge of Faulkner through the Diamond Devils summer travel ball program.
“I’ve stayed in contact with a lot of those kids,” Faulkner said. “I coached a lot of them in the summer so I think it will be an easy transition going down there.”