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Who’s up next? Names to watch in USC baseball coaching search

What's next: South Carolina baseball to begin coaching search

Some names to watch as South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner begins a coaching search to replace coach Chad Holbrook.
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Some names to watch as South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner begins a coaching search to replace coach Chad Holbrook.

South Carolina has one of the best baseball facilities in the country, as well as a good fan base and an impressive history. USC should be able to hire a top-notch coach. Here is a list of potential candidates to replace Chad Holbrook:

Dan McDonnell

A former player at The Citadel, McDonnell has built Louisville into a powerhouse. Including this season, the Cardinals have advanced to at least a super regional each of the past five years with two College World Series appearances during that time. The Gamecocks would have to pay up to have a chance at McDonnell, as he is making $1 million per year.

Jim Schlossnagle

A former assistant at Elon and Clemson, Schlossnagle has turned TCU into one of the top programs in the country. The Horned Frogs have reached the College World Series three consecutive seasons and are in a super regional this year.

Kevin O’Sullivan

The former Clemson assistant led Florida to the College World Series the past two years and has the Gators in a super regional this season. Prying him away won’t be easy.

Brian O’Connor

O’Connor has been at Virginia since 2004 and has led the Cavaliers to the NCAA tournament each season with four trips to the College World Series since 2009.

Erik Bakich

A former assistant at Clemson and Vanderbilt, Bakich has led Michigan to the NCAA tournament two of the past three seasons.

Tim Corbin

The coach at Vanderbilt knows USC athletics director Ray Tanner well from his time as an assistant at Clemson and head coach of the Commodores. Vandy has been in the NCAA tournament every season since 2006 with three College World Series appearances, including a national title in 2014.

Monte Lee

The former College of Charleston coach and current Clemson coach is close with Tanner from his time working as an assistant at USC from 2003-08. It would certainly be unusual for Lee to go from the Tigers to Gamecocks, but he would likely accept Tanner's phone call.

Tom Walter

The coach at Wake Forest since 2010, Walter has helped the Demon Deacons reach the NCAA tournament the past two seasons, and Wake will play in a super regional this weekend. Walter previously helped George Washington and New Orleans reach the NCAA tournament before taking over at Wake Forest.

Greg Lovelady

The UCF coach has excelled in four years, leading UCF to the NCAA tournament this season, and the previous two years at Wright State, where he was longtime assistant.

Mark Calvi

South Carolina fans are familiar with Calvi, an assistant at USC from 2005-10. He has been the head coach at South Alabama since 2012 and led his program to the NCAA tournament twice, including this season.

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