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Gamecocks baseball coach gets contract extension

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

University of South Carolina head baseball coach Chad Holbrook will be staying with the Gamecocks through the end of the 2019 season.

The Board of Trustees of the University of South Carolina approved a two-year contract extension for Holbrook Tuesday.

“It is an honor to be the head baseball coach at the University of South Carolina,” Holbrook said. "I want to thank the Board of Trustees, Dr. Pastides and Coach Tanner for their unwavering commitment to the entire Gamecock baseball program and me. It is really neat and comforting to be surrounded by such great leadership. South Carolina is a special place with the best fans in the country and I am fortunate to work with an incredible staff and a group of great players that continue to represent this university the right way. We look forward to getting back out on the field soon and are excited for the upcoming season and the years ahead.”

Holbrook is in his third year as head coach of the South Carolina program after directing the Gamecocks in 2014 to a 15th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Holbrook is the only head coach in South Carolina history to have led a team to the NCAA Regionals in his first two years as head coach. 

His SEC winning percentage of .593 is the highest of any South Carolina coach in the first two seasons of the league and his overall winning percentage of .696 is the second-highest of any South Carolina coach in his first two seasons at the helm of the program.

Last season, the Gamecocks finished 44-18 and finished ranked as high as No. 22 by the USA Today coaches' poll. South Carolina went 18-12 in the SEC and is one of only two schools in the conference to finish among the top four teams in the league in both 2013 and 2014 and one of four schools in the SEC to win at least 40 games in both 2013 and 2014. 

South Carolina is also one of only nine schools in the nation to host a NCAA Regional in 2013 and 2014.

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