University of South Carolina trustees today approved the hiring of Mark Kingston to lead the USC baseball team.
Kingston spent the last three seasons as head coach at the University of South Florida. He compiled a 100-78-1 record and led the Bulls to the NCAA Tournament twice. Prior to USF, Kingston was the head coach at Illinois State for five seasons amassing a record of 153-102.
As an assistant at Purdue, Miami and Tulane, Kingston was a part of over 500 wins and helped lead the 2001 Miami Hurricanes to the national championship.
As a player, Kingston spent four seasons at the University of North Carolina, helping the Tar Heels win two Atlantic Coast Conference championships and a trip to the College World Series. He was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers and spent five years in the Brewers and Chicago Cubs organizations.
Kingston replaces Chad Holbrook who resigned as head coach shortly after conclusion of the season. Holbrook served five years as head coach with a record of 200-106, while going 81-67 in Southeastern Conference play.
The Gamecocks finished 2017 with a record of 35-25, failing to qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the second time in the past three seasons.
According to reports, Kingston’s contract is for six years, beginning June 30 and ending June 30, 2023, and calls for annual compensation of $600,000.
His annual base salary is $475,000, and he will receive an additional $125,000 each contract year for media/personal services.
Kingston was making $140,000 at USF.