Ex-USC coach Chad Holbrook hired by the College of Charleston

Ex-USC coach Chad Holbrook hired by the College of Charleston

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Former University of South Carolina head baseball coach Chad Holbrook has a new head coaching job at the College of Charleston.

"I'm very excited and blessed by all the support my family and I have been given," Holbrook said. "We are looking forward to this new chapter in our new home."

Holbrook resigned from the Gamecocks in early June.

"It's been a roller coaster over the last week, but I've been blessed to have some great support and great friendships that have supported us through this process," Holbrook said.

Earlier this week, Holbrook's move to the Lowcountry appeared to be a done deal as Holbrook was offered the job and began final contract discussions and negotiations on Tuesday.

However, the situation hit a snag when, according to the source, CofC president Glenn McConnell changed his mind on the deal. "Chad was offered the job and was told he could tell his family, which he did, and the final contract discussions were going on yesterday -- internally -- and then all of a sudden the president changed his mind," the source said.

Now, McConnell has changed his mind again and Holbrook is his man. Sources say McConnell's back and forth was never personally about Chad, but he is now fully on board with his hiring. In fact, according to the source, Holbrook was the unanimous selection from the selection committee and the athletics director from the beginning.

"What an honor to be the head baseball coach at the College of Charleston," Holbrook said. "It is a privilege to be associated with the College's incredible tradition of excellence that I have admired for years. My family and I can't wait to entrench ourselves in one of the most unique communities in the country. I am especially looking forward to meeting our players and the passionate alumni who make Charleston such a special place. Our goal is to create a championship program that excites both our student-athletes and fans alike. That journey starts today."

Holbrook is expected to be formally introduced on Friday morning in Charleston.

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