Chad Holbrook shares conversations he has had with Ray Tanner
South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner has had discussions with Gamecocks baseball coach Chad Holbrook about staying positive down the stretch as USC tries to finish off its season on a high note.
Carolina has dropped five straight SEC series for the first time in school history and is 10-11 in the conference entering this weekend’s matchup at LSU.
The Gamecocks are in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years if they do not finish the season strong.
“He tells me all the time, ‘I’ve been in your same shoes.’ You can look at the history of the program. There’s a lot of great teams that have fought their way in the last several weekends and went on to the College World Series,” Holbrook said. “That’s what he reminds me of. Coaches that have coached in this league. ... They know exactly what it’s like to play in this league. There’s a lot of great teams that have gone through something very, very similar, if not the same, if not worse than we are. We’ll just try to keep fighting.”
Tanner specifically pointed to the 2009 season when speaking with Holbrook.
South Carolina was 9-12 in the SEC at this point of that season but won eight of its final nine SEC games to comfortably make the NCAA Tournament.
“He told me some other years that he was in the same boat. We share past experiences and we share some baseball stuff from time to time. He’s like my brother and my dad and obviously my boss all wrapped into one,” Holbrook said. “He’s just told me that you’re in a position I’ve been in many times. Keep fighting. Keep clawing. Keep your guys believing. Keep working hard and maybe the ball will bounce your way. That’s his advice to me.”