In this episode of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy talks with Andrew Miller, who covers College of Charleston baseball for The Post & Courier.
The last two seasons of College of Charleston baseball haven’t quite been up to the high standard set by a program that had only won fewer than 35 games in a season once since 2004 and hadn’t suffered a losing season since 2001. In 2016, they were 31-26-1 overall and 12-12 in the Colonial. In 2017, they were 28-31 overall with a 13-11 record in league play. Neither time did they finish the season with a postseason run.
After the 2017 season ended, head coach Matt Heath was let go amid player abuse allegations. What followed was a coaching search that took a circuitous route to hiring former South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook, in addition to Heath filing a wrongful termination lawsuit over his dismissal. Holbrook will now be tasked with lifting the program back up to heights seen under previous head coaches John Pawlowski and Monte Lee.
Among the topics discussed on this episode are:
- Details of the coaching search that ended in Holbrook’s hiring
- The local reaction to Holbrook’s hiring
- The late push, particularly among baseball alumni, to hire Scott Foxhall
- The struggles of 2016 and 2017
- The team that Holbrook will have on his hands in 2018
- Holbrook’s vision for the program
- What has made the state of South Carolina such a college baseball hotbed
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