Former South Carolina baseball coach Chad Holbrook won’t have to go far for his next job.
Holbrook, who departed USC following the 2017 season, was hired at College of Charleston a source confirmed to The State on Thursday. The school announced the hire soon after.
Holbrook was an assistant at North Carolina when Cougars athletic director Matt Roberts was a player in the mid-1990s.
One day prior, reports came out Holbrook’s candidacy hit a snag and the favorite had become former Cougars pitching coach and N.C. State assistant Scott Foxhall, but a later set of reports reversed that.
Holbrook replaces Matt Heath, whose tumultuous tenure ended with allegations of abusive behavior. Heath took over for current Clemson coach Monte Lee.
At South Carolina, Holbrook took over a team that played in three consecutive College World Series finals and could never return to Omaha. He went 200-106, but his first three teams saw their seasons end earlier than the year before, and despite a 46–18 record and Super Regional trip in 2016, he missed the NCAA Tournament two of his final three seasons.
That snapped a run of 15 NCAA Tournament appearances.
Holbrook takes over a squad coming off a 28-31 record and its first losing season since 2001. Under Lee, College of Charleston reached the NCAA Tournament four times in his final six seasons, with an regional win in 2014.