SC sent shockwaves across the college baseball community late Tuesday night when it announced that head coach Chad Holbrook had resigned his post.
ABC Columbia Sports' Greg Brzozowski breaks down Chad's career with the garnet and black and presents Holbrook's official statement released Tuesday night in the video above. Holbrook was an assistant for the Gamecocks on their national championship teams in 2010 and 2011, then was promoted after former head coach Ray Tanner became the school's athletic director. "I wish Coach (his predecessor and current athletics director Ray) Tanner and this program, I love so much, nothing but the best".
He came within two wins of the College World Series twice, getting one win away in 2013 in a Super Regional against North Carolina and two wins away in 2016 against Oklahoma State.
Holbrook's team began this year ranked fourth in the nation, but proceeded to fall apart during conference play - dropping eight consecutive SEC series to end the season. But as head coach, Chad Holbrook often struggled to meet the lofty expectations so many have for the SC baseball program. "He and his family were part of some great memories at SC and we will miss them". Wearing that jersey, being a part of two national championships, and meeting so many great people are things I will always treasure.More news: UAE ruling family member: Qatar now questioning its leaders
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Holbrook's departure from SC doesn't come as a surprise.
In five seasons at the helm at USC, Holbrook went 200-106.
"We fully expect Holbrook to reorient the trajectory of the program given the talent he's brought in ... as well as some of the stars he's already landed for the 2015 class", we wrote back in 2014. USC has not returned to Omaha since Tanner's final season of 2012. -500 record - the team's second in three years - sealed Holbrook's fate.
"I have the utmost confidence in myself", he said last week. Tanner's hand-picked successor will move on, leaving a proud program in search of someone else to lead it next.