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Report: Gamecocks to hire USF's Mark Kingston as next baseball coach

Mark Kingston. (Source: University of South Florida Athletics) Mark Kingston. (Source: University of South Florida Athletics)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The Gamecocks baseball program may have found their new head coach. 

According to sports reporter Dan Lucas of WFLA, the NBC affiliate in Tampa, FL the Gamecocks have chosen Mark Kingston as their next head coach, replacing Chad Holbrook. 

Kingston has been the head coach of the University of South Florida Bulls since 2014 and is considered a rising coach in college baseball in many circles.  

During his three seasons at USF, the Bulls made two trips to the NCAA Tournament and had their first 40+ win season since 1996. During their 2017 season, the team went 42-19 and won 19-straight games from Feb. 19 to March 22.

Prior to his time at USF, he was the head coach at Illinois State from 2010 to 2014. Before that, he was an assistant at Purdue, Miami (FL), Tulane, and Illinois State. 

USC has not made a formal announcement on the hire at this time. 

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Holbrook resigned on June 6 after a disappointing season that saw the Gamecocks lose their last eight straight SEC series and miss the NCAA tournament. 

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